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VOL. I. VI 



CHICAGO, MAY, 1923. 



NO. 1 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 

WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



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BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips, Gen. Secy., at the above ad- 
dress. 
Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1S97, 

at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



He Profits Most Who Serves Best- 
Poem Cover 

Annual Business Meeting 3 

Important Statement 3 

Letting Our Light Shine 3 

No Use for Christ, by Rev. J. B. Van den 

Hoek 4 

Service Through Sacrifice, by A. H. Lea- 
man 4 

A Recent Masonic Funeral, by B. M. Holt G 
The Bible and the Lodge, by Rev. H. P. 

Uhlig . . . : 6 

Out of Bondage, by S. F. Proctor, a Se- 
ceding Mason 

Orange Lodge Officers Fined 11 

America and World Liquor Problem, by 

E. H. Cherrington 13 

The Secret Empire the Final Anti- 
Christian Power, by Rev. J. P. Aurelius, 

D. D 14 

Elks' Special Services 16 

"Nuffiii Left But Jist De Cob" 17 

Opportunity 17 

Sermons We See — Poem, by Edgar A. 
Guest 18 



Personal Testimony 19 

The State and Oath-Bound Lodges, Rev. 

J. M. Foster 20 

Masonic Chips, by B. M. Holt 22 

Exploring Made Easy 24 

A Message From Egypt 24 

Prayer and Power 24 

Assurance of Salvation 25 

News From Workers : 

Letter from Elder I. J. Rosenberger. . . . 25 

Life Annuity Bonds 25 

Contributions 25 

Letters from Friends 20 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. W. 

B. Stoddard 27 

Lizzie Woods' Letter, by Mrs. L. W. 

Roberson 30 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. John F. Heemstra; 
Vice-President, Rev. Wm. B. Rose; 
Recording Secretary, Rev. Herman 
Moes ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, A. W. SafYord, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, A. H. Lea- 
man, C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. 
M. Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A, H. Leamon, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 



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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, MAY, 1923. 



NO. 1. 




HE PROFITS MOST 
WHO SERVES BEST 

It isn't the cut of the clothes that you wear, 

Nor the stuff out of which they are made; 
Though selected with taste and fastidious care; 

And it isn't the price that you paid. 
It isn't the size of the pile in your bank, 

Nor the number of acres you own; 
It isn't the question of prestige or rank, 

Nor a question of fame or renown. 
It isn't the servants who come at your call; 

And it isn't the things you possess— 
Whether many, or little, or nothing at all; 

It is SERVICE that measures success. 



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CHICAGO, JUNE, 1923. 



NO. 2. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 

WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

850 West Madisen Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE — Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
months, on trial, thirty-five cents; single 
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to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
larly authorized by the recipient, we will 
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piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips, Gen. Secy., at the above ad- 
dress. 
Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1897, 

at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



Presidential Candidates 35 

For the Elect ^National Trestle Board.. 35 

Fascisti Bar Masons 35 

Recruiting for Freemasonry — W althe r 

League Messenger 35 

Elks in the Senate — The Kablegram 35 

Why Study the Bible ? 36 

Masonic Outrages, By Rev. H. H. Hin- 

man 37 

Veiled Klanswomen at Church Service — 

Nezvark Evening Nezvs 42 

Klan Knights Put Out of Chnrch — Literary 

Digest 43 

A Tribute to Elder I. J. Rosenberger, by 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard U 

Photograph of Elder I. J. Rosenberger 44 

Failed to Convict 45 

Herrin Cases Dropped 45 

The Labor Union Question Debated, by W. 

L. Morgan 46 

A Reply to Labor Union Question, by Rev. 

H. B. Luck 47 



The Gospel Pilot 49 

The Story of an Oath, by Rev. A. M. 

Eash 50 

Secret Societies 52 

Poem, Growing Old, by Rollin J. Wells 55 

The Society of the Open Bible 56 

Wanted — Three Thousand Members ! 56 

News From Friends : 

Letters from Friends 56 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. 

W. B. Stoddard 58 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter," by Mrs. L. W. 

Roberson 60 

Southern Agent's Letter, by Rev. F. J. 
Davidson 63 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. John F. Heemstra; 
Vice-President, Rev. Wm. B. Rose; 
Recording Secretary, Rev. Herman 
Moes ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, A. W. Safrord, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, A. H. Lea- 
man, C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. 
M. Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




VOL. LVI, 



CHICAGO, JUNE, 1923. 



NO. 2. 




Be with God in thy outward works, 
refer them to Him, offer them to Him, 
seek to do them in Him and for Him, 
and He will be with thee in them, and 
they shall not hinder, but rather invite 
His presence in thy soul. Seek to see 
Him in all things, and in all things He 
will come nigh unto thee. 

— E. B. PUSEY. 




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VOL. LVL 



CHICAGO, JULY, 1923. 



NO. 3. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 

WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE — Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
months, on trial, thirty-five cents; single 
copies, fifteen cents. 

PRESENTATION COPIES— Many persons sub- 
scribe for the Christian Cynosure to be sent 
to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
larly authorized by the recipient, we will 
make a memorandum to discontinue at ex- 
piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips, Gen. Secy., at the above ad- 
dress. 

Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1897, 
at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 
March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



Nobility, poem, by Alice Cary 68 

Special Court for Shriners, by Rev. H. 
R. Linclke ...68 

Ancient Order United Workmen 68 

Masonic Outrages, by Rev. H. H. Hinman. 69 

Wants Bible Taught "in Every Public 
School" 73 

Missionaries Needed ! 73 

The National Christian Association's Board 
of Directors' Annual Report, by Wm. I. 
Phillips 74 

Minutes of Annual Business Meeting 78 

Resolutions 79 

Memoirs 80 

Iowa Christian Association's Annual Report, 
by Rev. John S. Dykstra, Treas 81 

Southern Agent's Annual Report, by Rev. 
F. J. Davidson 81 

Eastern Secretary's Annual Report, by 
Rev. W. B. Stoddard 82 



Lizzie Woods' Annual Report, by Mrs. L. 
W. Roberson 83 

The Ocinganj i 84 

The Chief and His Counsellors, photograph 85 

One Thing Mr. Ford Forgot, by Rev. 
Walter A. Maier 86 

Secret Societies, by Daniel Kaufman 91 

An Open Letter to Rev. Dr. Maitland 
Alexander, by Rev. W. C. Paden 92 

News From Workers : 
Eastern Secretary's Report 93 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter" 94 

Southern Agent's Monthly Report 95 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 
President, Rev. John F. Heemstra; 
Vice-President, Rev. Wm. B. Rose ; 
Recording Secretary, Rev. Herman 
Moes; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, A. W. Safford, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, A. H. Lea- 
man, C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. 
M. Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




Prayer is our noblest ministry. We 
can do things by prayer that we cannot 
do in any other way. We have other min- 
istries, to be sure. We have the ministry 
of money. It is a noble ministry. There 
is the ministry of words, and that is a 
great ministry. There is also the ministry 
of deeds, and that is a noble ministry. 
There is the ministry of influence. Even 
influence can be consecrated to God, and 
should be. In all of these things we are 
laying hold upon the human element in 
bringing things to pass, but in prayer we 
are laying hold of God Himself and bring- 
ing things to pass by the power of the 
Almighty. May God give us some con- 
ception of the nobility of prayer ! — James 
I. Vance. 




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Wheaton College Library 



VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, AUGUST, 1923. 



NO. 4. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 

WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 

TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE — Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
months, on trial, thirty-five cents; single 
copies, fifteen cents. 

PRESENTATION COPIES— Many persons sub- 
scribe for the Christian Cynosure to be sent 
to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
larly authorized by the recipient, we will 
make a memorandum to discontinue at ex- 
piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips, Gen. Secy., at the above ad- 
dress. 
Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1897, 

at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



How to Sow the Seed 99 

Faithful Unto Death 99 

The Attitude of the Church Toward the 
Lodge 100 

Fraternities at College — The Northwest- 
ern Lutheran 103 

Advantages of a College Free from Sec- 
ret Societies, by Pres. C. A. Blanchard.. 103 

Anti-Fraternity War Revived in East 
Orange — New York Tribune 104 

Clippings from The Ministers' Monthly... 104 
Do Lodges Deify Man, Bird, Beasts and 
Creeping Things? by Wm. I. Phillips... 105 

The Gu Gu — The National Tribune, June 
21, 1923 106 

God's Challenge to Intercession 107 

Masonic Outrages 108 

Hooded Klansmen Attend Dover Church 

Services Ill 

"Watch!" Ill 

Harding, the "Jiner" Ill 

Mer Rouge Murders Unpunished — The 

Literary Digest, April 14, 1923 112 

Alumni Salute to President Blanchard, 

poem 114 



The Question and the Reply 114 

From a Converted Jew 115 

Testimony of a Seceder 116 

Sermon Printed in Cynosure Forty-Five 

Years Ago 116 

More Facts About the M. N. A. Railroad 
Strike, by Dr. George A. Pegram, Har- 
rison, Ark 119 

Obituary : 

Mr. J. K. Graybill 121 

Editorial : 
What We Know of Secret Societies... . 121 

The Christian College 122 

Why Oppose Secret Societies 123 

News from Workers : 
Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. W. 

B. Stoddard 123 

Letters from Friends 125 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. John F. Heemstra; 
Vice-President, Rev. Wm. B. Rose; 
Recording Secretary, Rev. Herman 
Moes; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, A. W. SafTord, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, A. H. Lea- 
man, C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. 
M. Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




VOL. LVI. 




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:hicago, august, 1923. 



Secret political organizations are ut- 
terly foreign to the genius of our free 
American institutions. Whatever plea 
may be made for their necessity under 
despotic governments, where free speech 
is throttled and death is the penalty of 
attempting reform, surely there can be 
no excuse for such secret oath-bound 
cabals in a republic like ours, where the 
people are the sovereigns and every man 
has absolute liberty of political action. 
REV. DR. P. S. HENSON. 



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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER, 1923. 



NO. 5. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE — Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
months, on trial, thirty-five cents; single 
copies, fifteen cents. 

PRESENTATION COPIES— Many persons sub- 
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to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
larly authorized by the recipient, we will 
make a memorandum to discontinue at ex- 
piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 
Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1897, 

at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



Warren G. Harding 131 

John Calvin Coolidge 131 

An Address to Earthly Rulers 132 

Titles Worth While 133 

Seeks Receivership for Ku Klux Klan 133 

Nineteen States Legislate Against "Frats" 133 

The Mormon Church — A Secret Society.. 134 

Pass Ordinance Against Masked Parade. 137 

Known as "Kid McCoy" Before His Con- 
version 137 

Some Lutherans Are Not Opposed to Pub- 
lic Schools or to Masonry 138 

Decency in Dress 139 

Accept the Invitation 139 

Make Jesus King 139 

Cost of Salvation 139 

Christ the Only Way 139 

Masonic Outrages 140 



Establishment of a "College" Lodge 144 

Opinion of Rev. Joseph Cook 145 

High Twelve Clubs 146 

The Reward of the Ministry 147 

LO(d)G(e)IC 149 

Methodist Episcopal Fundamentalists 152 

Eastern Secretary's Report 152 

Letters from Friends 153 

Catholic Secret Societies 154 

Shall the Modernists Be Driven Out of 

the Evangelical Christian Churches?.. 156 
Lights and Shadows On the World Grow- 
ing Better 158 

A Call to Stand by the Word 159 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius ; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER, 1923. 



No. 5. 



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Monsignor Dillon, D. D., in his "War 
of Antichrist with the Church," says : 

"Every secret society is framed and 
adapted to make men the enemies of God 
and His Church, and to subvert faith; 
and there is not one, no matter on what 
pretext it may be founded, which does 
not fall under the management of a su- 
preme directorate governing all secret 
societies on earth. The one aim of this 
directorate is to uproot Christianity and 
the Christian social order, as well as the 
Church from the world — in fact, to eradi- 
cate the name of Christ and the very 
Christian idea from the minds and the 
hearts of men." 




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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, OCTOBER, 1923. 



No. 6. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE— Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
months, on trial, thirty-five cents; single 
copies, fifteen cents. 

PRESENTATION COPIES— Many persons sub- 
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to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
larly authorized by the recipient, we will 
make a memorandum to discontinue at ex- 
piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 
Entered as Second-class matter May 19, 1897, 

at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



Photograph, Hebron Moslems Going to 
Jerusalem for Nebi Musa Festival. . .Cover 

The Revival the World Needs 163 

Be Brave ! Poem 163 

The Ku Klux Klan— Is it of God?— 
Moody Monthly 164 

Gov. Walton Declares Kluxers Anarchistic 166 

The Ku Klux Klan, by Rev. }. A. Hoffman 166 

Methodist Bishop Calls Klan "Criminal".. 168 

Winning Men to Christ, by Harold F. 
Sayles 168 

A Recension of the Decalogue, by Rev. 
Martin L. Wagner 169 

Why the Mennonites Oppose Secret So- 
cieties, Rev. C. V. D. Smissen 171 

Masonic Outrages 172 

Photograph, Inside View of Hebron 
Mosque 174 

On Patriarchal Ground, by Rev. A. M. 
Eash 174 

Sermon Against Secret Societies, by Rev. 
Glenn F. Seamon 177 



News from Workers : 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. W. 

B. Stoddard 180 

The Secret Grip-Danger ! By Rev. J. B. 
Vanden Hoek 181 

Obituary : 

A . Tribute * to the Late Prof. Henry 

Richey Smith 183 

Distinct and Specific Call, by Rev. F. S. 

Shepard 183 

Free Speech in Salem, Pennsylvania 183 

A Methodist to Methodists— 185 

President Coolidge's Religion 185 

Reasons for Renouncing Freemasonry, by 

J. A. Smith 186 

The Will of God, by Andrew Murray.... 189 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 
Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, Harvey, 
North Dakota. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 



wnwronumege Liorary 




VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, OCTOBER, 1923. 



NO. 6. 



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Hebron Moslems Going to Jerusalem for Nebi Musa 
Festival. These Moslems started the Arab- 
Jewish Riots Which Resulted in More 
Than Two Hundred Casualties. 




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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, NOVEMBER, 1923. 



No. 7. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

PRICE— Per year, in advance, $1.50; three 
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PRESENTATION COPIES— Many persons sub- 
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that a subscription is a present and not regu- 
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make a memorandum to discontinue at ex- 
piration, and to send no bill for the ensuing 
year. 
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at the Post Office at Chicago, 111., under act of 

March 3, 1879. 



CONTENTS 



The Loss Is Yours — Poem Cover 

"Behold the Lamb !"— Poem 195 

Open Letter to President Calvin Coolidge, 
By Rev. Calvin Paden 195 

Knights of Columbus Impudence Exposed 196 

Orangeman's Oath — Texas Freemason. . . . 196 

The Church and the Lodge, by Rev. L. A. 
Turner 197 

Increase in Secret Societies in China — The 
Weekly Revieiv 200 

The Unequal Yoke, by George R. Brunk 201 

Bishop Ousts Klansmen 202 

Fraternity Among Christians 203 

Masonic Outrages 204 

What Will Become of the Church? 207 

Sermon Against Secret Societies, by Rev. 
Glenn E. Seamon 208 



News from Workers : 

Contributions 212 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. W. 

B. Stoddard 213 

Lizzie Woods' Letter, by Mrs. X. W. 

Roberson 214 

Letters from Friends , 215 

Attaining the Ideal — President Harding, by 
Rev. J. M. Foster 216 

The Ancient Ku Klux Klan, by Dr. G. A. 
Pegram 218 

A Problem in Percentage, by Rev. H. E. 
Harwood 220 

New York Forbids K. K. K. and Kamelia 
to Incorporate 222 

Secret Society Slides 223 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius ; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 
Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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CHICAGO, NOVEMBER, 1923. 



No. 7. 



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®f)e Ho** 3te fours; 

Each wasted chance for good 

is your own loss; 
Each song you fail to sing 

Is your own loss. 
You may refuse to serve, 
Another will step forth, 
And when the work's all done 

The loss is yours. 

Each soul you've failed to save 

Is your own loss; 
Each heart you've failed to cheer 

Is your own loss. 
Someone will nobly rise 
And do that which is right; 
The joy will then be his, 

The loss is yours. 

Each unkind word you speak 

Is your own loss; 
Each heart you cause to bleed 

Is your own loss. 
Others will bless and serve, 
Others will help and pray, 
And at the judgment day 

The loss is yours. 

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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE The First Three ' Weeks, by B. . M. 

Brown 242 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 

Association. A Report and a Testimony Relating to 

One of Our Churches 243 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by Rev. W. 

B. Stoddard 244 

REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 

Southern Agent's Report, by Rev. F. J. 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. Davidson 245 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to "Lizzie Woods' Letter," by Mrs. L. W. 
Wm. I. Phillips. Roberson 246 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago A Layman's Sermon to the Preachers, by 

Edmond L. Brown 248 

' Freemasonry by Wm. Dalkman — Lutheran 

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CONTENTS 



Would Jesus Enter There? Poem 227 

Sand vs. Rock Foundation, by Rev. J. M. 
- Foster 228 

Why I Left the Loyal Order of Moose, by 
Jack Preiser 230 

Forego Visit to President — Pathfinder 231 

Origin of Freemasonry — Pathfinder 231 

The Morality and Religion of Freema- 
sonry, by Rev. Otto C. A. Boeder 232 

Masonic Outrages 236 

The Doctrine of Non- Swearing, by Louis 
Bauman 238 

Worship, by Ex-Pres. J. Blanchard 239 

Can a Christian Consistently Say "So Mote 
It Be!"? 246 

Models of Old Jerusalem Structures 
Among Exhibits 247 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, IH. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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No. 8. 




M a man Ijas nothing to reproacb 
fnmself toitfj, be can bear anting. 

— P&illips JSroofes. 

3TU binb mpself to tfjat tobicb once 

being rigbt, toill not be less rigbt toben 

3 sbrinfe from it. 

— Hingslep. 

®be men tofjo succeeb best in pub= 
lie life are tfjose tuiio tafee tije risife of 
stanbing bj> tfteir otou convictions. 

— #arfielb. 

fgou are toaiting to bo some great 

tying; pou are toaiting to pull boton 

some great ebil. perform tfje small 

tfjings tbat are unseen, anb tbep toill 

bring otfjer anb greater tfjings for pou 

to perform. 

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VOL. LV1. 



CHICAGO, JANUARY, 1024. 



No. 9. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

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CONTENTS 



The New Year Comes. Poem Cover 

Good Men in the Masonic Lodge, by Pres- 
ident C. A. Blanchard 260 

The Morality and Religion of Freema- 
sonry, by Rev. Otto C. A. Boeder 264 

Truth and Duty Always Wedded 267 

Masonic Outrages, by Rev. H. H. Hinman 268 

The Ku Klux Klan, by Wm. Leon Brown 270 

Belief in Resurrection 271 

Ghastly Divorce Record — Christian States- 
man 272 

Gleanings from Masonry, by B. M. Holt. 273 
Knights of Khorassan 274 

News from Workers : 
New Year Resolutions . . . . 275 



Be Brave. Poem 275 

A Word to Many Friends, by Pres. C. 
A. Blanchard 275 

Eastern Secretary's Report, by W. B. 
Stoddard 277 

Great Men on the Greatest Book 278 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter," by Mrs. L. W. 
Roberson 279 

Report of Western Financial and Field 
Agent, Rev. B. M. Brown 280 

Mormon Obligations — ■ Christian Con- 
servator 281 

Abraham Lincoln's Prediction — The 
( liristian Witness 255 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer* 
mann ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 
Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below: 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, III. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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No. 9. 








Wtyt J^eto I>ear Corned 

tljje neto pear come*, *toing toibe tjje 

boor, 
Wo u*ber m tfje freigijteb *tore 
0i grain, of toeal, of tooe, 
&* tbe*e neto bap* stfjall come anb go. 
Miatd) ®|)ou, <© 1£orb, tjje gate before; 
®ftrougi) hummer green anb to inter fjoar 
Me a*fe Cftee *till TOjp gift* to pour, 
jfor noto, tobap, toe onlp fenoto 

« QDfje neto pear come*, 
jfrom bept!)* of ba*t omni*ctent lore, 
&ebeal TOjp purpo*e more anb more, 
Upon u* Mill ®bp grace be*toto, 
?£elp u* in fait!) *erene to groto, 
Jfor from an un*een, unknoton *f)ore. 
3ftje neto pear come*. 

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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, FEBRUARY, 1924. 



No. 10. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 

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CONTENTS 



Success Cover 

Beauty of the Mind 291 

A Quotation by J. R. Mott 291 

Free Masonry vs. Christianity, by Rev. 
Alva J. McClain 292 

A Worldly Church Member's Prayer, by 
L. W. Brown 295 

Rev. Reade gives reasons why Christians 
should not affiliate with order 296 

Have a Purpose, by Dr. H. M. Scudder.. 299 

Blessed to Be a Blessing, by J. R. Miller. 299 

Masonic Outrages, by Rev. H. H. Hinman 300 

Serpents in the Wall, a tract 303 

The Church and the Lodge, by L. A. 
Turner 305 



News from Workers 307 

Report of Western Financial and Field 
Secretary, by B. M. Brown 307 

Eastern Secretary's Report 308 

Lizzie Wood's Letter, by Mrs. L. W. 
Roberson 309 

Casting Out the Lodge Devil, by Rev. J. 

. M. Foster 310 

Sunbeams 311 

Letters from Friends 311 

The Luther Church and Fraternalism, by 

Paul Linderman 312 

The Impossible Paradox, by Rev. J. C. 

O'Hair 315 

Pray for a Revival 319 

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eas'n and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 1924. 



No. 10 



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SUCCESS 

The one thing better than success is to be 
worthy of success. The world has many an 
uncrowned hero, who was never allowed to 
contend in the race, but who honorably wears 
the laurel of victory. Armed and equipped 
and waiting the Master's bidding, he shall not 
lose his reward, because the exigencies of the 
service never drew him into battle. The re- 
serve force participates in the honors and 
awards of victory. — Sel. 



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VOL. LVI. 



CHICAGO, MARCH, 1924. 



No. 11. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



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.to FRIENDS. In such cases, if we are advised 
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CONTENTS 



Page 

A Kind Word, poem 323 

Odd-Fellows Junior Order 323 

Freemasonry vs. Christianity, by Rev. Alva 
J. McClain 324 

God's Policy of Life Insurance — Gospel 
Herald , 328 

Bible Thoughts, by L. A. Turner 328 

"Wife Threatens to Sue the Goat" 328 

The Power of Stillness, by Rev. A. B. 
Simpson 329 

The Final Conflict, or The Devil's Master- 
piece and His Overthrow, by William 
Leon Brown 331 

A Letter for the Young 333 

Freemasonry Symbolized by a Woman, 
by George F. Woodard 334 

Separation in Company : Special Reference 
to Lodges, by C. F. Yoder 337 



News from Workers : 340 

Eastern Secretary's Report by W. B. 
Stoddard 341 

A Wise Investment, by B. M. Brown. . . . 341 

Life Annuity Bonds 342 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter," by Mrs. L. W. 
Roberson 343 

Southern Agent's Report, Rev. F. J. Da- 
vidson 344 

An Interesting Conference 344 

Western Financial Secretary, Rev. B. M. 
Brown ,. . . . 345 

Former Klan Kludd Quits Secret Orders — 
The Evening Star 346 

Liberal United Brethren and the Klan.. 346 

Carlyle on Darwin — Our Hope 348 

Good Testimony from Australia 348 

Secret Orders at Work in Washington. . . . 349 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann ; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eash and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 
Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below: 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, IH. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
nue, Chicago, 111. 




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MARCH, 1924. 



No. 11. 



in 




Your external circumstances may 
change, toil may take the place of rest, 
sickness of health, trials may thicken 
within and without. Externally, you 
are the prey of such circumstances ; but 
if your heart is stayed on God, no 
changes or chances can touch it, and all 
that may befall you will but draw you 
closer to Him. Whatever the present 
moment may bring, your knowledge 
that it is His will, and that your future 
heavenly life will be influenced by it, 
will make all not only tolerable, but 
welcome to you, while no vicissitudes 
can affect you greatly, knowing that He 
^who holds you in His powerful hand, 
cannot change, but abideth forever. Sel. 




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CHICAGO, MMGt^ 1924. 



4 

No. *. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 

Published Monthly by the National Christian 
Association. 



REV. A. H. LEAMAN, Editor 
WM. I. PHILLIPS, Publisher. 

BUSINESS LETTERS should be addressed to 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago 



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CONTENTS 



Page 

Photograph, Rev. Mead A. Kelsey Cover 

Annual Business Meeting 355 

Attacks Secret Organizations 355 

Our Petition— Poem 355 

Gone Fraternity Mad 355 

Freemasonry vs. Christianity, by Rev. Alva 
J. McCain 356 

The Ku Klux Klari 358 

Jews and Freemasonry, by Dudley Wright, 
Associate Editor, The Freemason 359 

Labor Unionism on the Wing 361 

The Final Conflict or the Devil's Master- 
piece and His Overthrow, by Wm. Leon 
Brown 362 

Can the Church Walk with the World? 
By J. I. Lehman 365 

Separation in Company : Special Reference 
to Lodges, by C. F. Yoder 366 



"Daughters of Isabella" and "Catholic 
Daughters of America" — The Fortnightly 
Review 369 

The Chinese President a Fraternalist. . . . 369 
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Savior 
of Sinners, by Rev. B. M. Brown 369 

News from Workers : 
Eastern Secretary's Report, by W. B. 
Stoddard 371 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter," by Mrs. L. W. 
Roberson 373 

Travels 10,000 Miles to Receive Masonic 
Degree — The Kablegram 374 

The Way to Look at It, by Ruskin 374 

Mrs. Amanda Smith's Experience 375 

Lack of Leadership a Danger to the 
Church, by A. H. Leaman 377 

To the Friends of the Bible 379 

Index to Volume LVI of Christian Cyno- 
sure 1923-24 37') 

Prayer for Revival 383 

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIA- 
TION 

President, Rev. Peter Braak; Vice- 
President, Rev. J. P. Aurelius ; Re- 
cording Secretary, Rev. G. H. Doer- 
mann; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. 
Phillips. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Walter Wietzke, Herman Moes, G. 
W. Hylkema, Wm. P. Ferries, G. W. 
Bond, M. P. F. Doermann, John Kuite, 
C. A. Blanchard, J. W. Lear, A. M. 
Eas/n and W. H. Davis. 



LECTURERS 

Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers 
named below : 

REV. J. B. VANDEN HOEK, HILLS, MINN. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, Box 94, East 
Falls Church, Virginia. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 624 Delery St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Mrs. Lizzie W. Roberson, 2864 Cor- 
by St., Omaha, Neb. 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, 111. 

Rev. A. H. Leaman, 1114 Lill Ave- 
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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answerea 
him: \ spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 



ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING. 
The Annual Business Meeting of the 
National Christian Association for the 
election of officers for the ensuing year, 
the hearing of annual reports, and the 
transaction of other important busi- 
ness, will be held in its building, first 
floor Auditorium, 850 West Madison 
Street, Chicago, on Monday, May 28th, 
1923, at 1 :30 o'clock in the afternoon. 
Take Madison Street cars and get off 
at Peoria Street. 

Corporate, Life and Associate 
Members, as well as delegates from 
churches have their day and oppor- 
tunity to decide upon the course of the 
Association and the best way in which 
it may serve the Cruse of Christ and 
His churches during the coming year, 
1923-1924. 

JOHN F. HEEMSTRA, 

President. 

HERMAN MOES, 

Rec. Secy. 



IMPORTANT STATEMENT. 

A business man who controls large 
manufacturing interests, went on a trip 
recently to sound out business conditions. 
He visited twelve leading financial men in 
different cities. Each one of them spoke 
of the seriousness of moral conditions, 
and concluded with a statement like this : 
"Nothing but a revival of true and vital 
religion will remedy this situation." 

When men give the same earnest 
thought to the work of God's Kingdom, 
that they do to their own business, there 
will be a marked improvement. This is 
being recognized by the leading men of 
our nation, who are urging more regular 
Bible reading:. 



LETTING OUR LIGHT SHINE. 

The reason we should let our light 



shine is that others may be benefited. The 
most beautiful life is the one that is lived 
for others. Selfishness dwarfs the char- 
acter and darkens the life. The Christ 
life is always unselfish. While the sinner 
lives for himself alone, the Christian lives 
to bless as many as possible. In helping 
others he advertises the Christian religion 
and magnifies the Lord Jesus. It affords 
great satisfaction to the soul to contem- 
plate kindnesses done to poor humanity 
while passing along the journey of life. 
Jesus Christ is the great light of the world 
and we are to hold Him up before the 
gaze of others. Many will never see His 
light only as they see it in the lives of 
His followers. Dr. Burrell in comment- 
ing on John 8:12 wrote the following in 
the Christian Herald: 

It is said that when Bartholdi had com- 
pleted his statue of "Liberty Enlightening 
the World," he was greatly perplexed as 
to where he should place it. In his own 
Paris, under the shadow of the guillotine? 
No, not there ! In London, within sight 
of Tower Hill? No, not there! In Ber- 
lin, the great military center? No, not 
there ! In St. Petersburg, within hearing 
of the knout? No, not there! In Alex- 
andria, with the dust of the Pharaohs 
blowing over it ? No, not there ! But 
at the gateway of the New World, in a 
land of freedom with all its history before 
it. 

The church of our country is under 
bonds not only to realize that artist's 
dream, but to go further. It is for those 
who are loyal to the traditions of this 
Christian land and hopeful of its Chris- 
tian destiny to lift the Cross on high 
where all may see it. If we are to become 
a blessing to other nations it must be by 
magnifying the infinite love of Him who 
said, "I am the Light of the world." 
~-Free Methodist, April 5, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



May, 1923. 



NO USE FOR THE CHRIST. 

BY REV. J. B. VAN DEN HOEK. 

If a man is always a hungering and 
thirsting for honor of men, and titles 
bestowed upon a mortal by other mor- 
tals, he must be far removed from the 
Kingdom of Heaven, which we are to 
seek first. 

If the Christ alone can save the boot- 
black or the monarch ; if it is true that 
we are all by nature lost in sin ; if it 
can not be gainsaid that the proud and 
haughty can not enter the pearly gate, 
unless they get down on their knees 
and have their stony heart removed, 
then, if all this be true — and it is — 
how can just a common man of flesh 
and bones permit himself to have a 
dozen or more titles, which the Saints 
would abhor, bestowed upon him? 

Certainly there is no use for the 
Christ to save, if we are that big ! The 
Devil would be adored. The Anti- 
christ will ask homage, when he shall 
sit as a god "in the temple of God." 

Is it not the sign of perdition when a 
man, who is neither King nor Saint, is 
desirous of this adoration; yea, often 
paying large sums of money and seek- 
ing by all kinds of avenues to be 
called "Grand King of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons," plus all 
the rest of "garlands and crowns." 

There are some of God's own elect 
children undoubtedly in these lodges. 

Dare ye take all this honor of men, 
ye President and Member of Congress, 
ye Governors of our States and Gen- 
erals of our armies, ye Ministers of the 
Gospel and Seminary Professors? 
Would to God that you should per- 
ceive that you trample the Christ in the 
dust, by your hunger for the honor 
and gold of this dark planet of ours ! 
It's Either Christ or Masonry with All Its 

Daughters. 

You say : "I do not attend the lodge 
meetings, parties, dances ; a faithful 
Christian could not bear to be with 
them on these occasions !" All well, 
you must either sever your connections 
or be counted with them! 

Yes, if you really love the Lord and 
King of the Church, you will break 
away. Do it now. 

\o\v, then, if you are really "born 



again," if you have experienced con- 
version, what do you think of this 
prominent Mason, Mr. T. W. Hugo, 
who died Feb. 27, 1923, at Duluth, 
Minn.? 

Does this man need the "New Jeru- 
salem"? Great work he has done for 
Masonry : will heaven accept it? Will 
Jesus, the King, say: "Well done, 
Mr. Hugo?" 

If not, then his labors have been in 
vain. There is no third road. We 
either build gold and precious stones, 
or wood and straw. The fire-test will 
be applied ! 



SERVICE THROUGH SACRIFICE. 

When the rising tide of Young China 
was revolting in arms against the old, 
corrupt monarchy of Old China, young 
Chinese Christian students organized so- 
cieties which they called "Willing to Die 
Associations." They so urgently be- 
lieved in the righteousness of the republi- 
can cause that they were literally willing 
to die for its success. They foreswore 
comfort, personal success, honors, and 
even life itself, for that in which they 
believed and THEY SUCCEEDED. In- 
stitutions which had flourished three thou- 
sand years were overturned and the ideals 
of freedom, in place of being merely 
speculative, became practical factors in 
the lives of three hundred millions of 
people. 

Do we not need a "Willing to die As- 
sociation" spirit to conquer in our efforts 
to free men? 

Every member of our Association is 
needed to conquer in the grand purpose 
of the Cross. 

Think what a mighty force for right- 
eousness would go through our country 
if every man and woman had a vision of 
our work, and would be willing to lay 
aside personal convenience, self-interest, 
and luke-warmness, and go all lengths 
in the service for Christ. 

It is not possible to achieve great things 
for God unless we are ready to sacrifice 
and he wholly consecrated to the work 
at hand. 

A. H. Lea mam. 



( )ur birth is nothing but our death 
begun, as tapers waste the moment they 



take fire.— Young. 



May, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



A RECENT MASONIC FUNERAL. 

[Extracts from a letter to Mr. A. W. 
Huge, Traveling Auditor for the Advance- 
Rumcly Thresher Company of United States 
of America, read before the Walther League 
Society, La Porte, Indiana. — Editor.] 

"The former Royal Potentate of North 
American Masonry, Mr. Tree!, has passed 
away. 

"To say the least, the funeral was much 
the finest we have ever witnessed in Far- 
go, North Dakota. The city police cleared 
our streets of all automobiles for many 
blocks, in readiness for the Masonic pa- 
rade, to start from the Masonic Temple. 
The whole city, so to speak, was given 
over to the Masons. 

"At the funeral were special singers — 
soloists, quartets and choirs. The Masonic 
drum corps together with the brass bands 
added luster to the scene. 'Abide with 
Me' was beautifully rendered, dying 
away in piano strains as though a thou- 
sand miles away. The Temple was spe- 
cially decorated. 

"Human nature could hardly resist the 
suggestion to wish such a grand funeral 
also for each and all of us. 

"Then Rev. Dr. Robertson, Presby- 
terian, gave the sermon, in due and 
Masonic form. He is quite a booster for 
Masonry, himself a Shriner and hence 
wearer of the Mohammedan badge. He 
said all the fine things about Masonry he 
could, and if our English dictionary had 
provided more words with which he could 
have eulogized the order he no doubt 
would have increased his enconiums and 
panegyrics. It took him only twenty min- 
utes to get the Royal Potentate safe into 
heaven, and so thorough was he in his 
statements (in spite of his hard feelings 
towards our local Jews) that he offended 
no Mason with sectarian doctrines, but 
stuck to the teachings of his Masonry and 
in some way or other just deposited the 
spirit dead one in heaven, just as easy as 
you or I could put a book on the shelf. 
And he did not as much as mention the 
name of Jesus Christ either, but was 
Masonically correct in every respect 
(Rom. 1:28). 

"Then the funeral was turned over to 
the officers of the lodge, and just about 
then the eyes of the Junior Warden fell 
on me, and he then read from the ritual : 
'That man who violates his Masonic obli- 



gation, for him no one shall ever shed a 
tear.' Poor me ! 

"Then the Chaplain prayed : 'Our 
Father who art in heaven,' but in place 
of continuing in the words of Christ, 
he substituted words of his own. 
Towards the close of the ceremonies they 
lifted the 'Rose Cross' towards heaven, 
kissed it, and appealed to God to help 
them not to speak evil of the dead one. I 
suppose they feared they might meet his 
ghost in the crossroads some dark night. 

"Three times they prayed for the 
dead one, which makes rather strong 
reading in consideration of the fact that 
no one pokes more fun at the super- 
stitions of the Catholic and his purgatory 
than these very Masons. 

"And they even called upon the dead 
body to answer. Three times the Mas- 
ter approached the coffin and looked the 
corpse in the face and said, in a slow 
and solemn tone: 'Brother, brother, an- 
swereth thou not?' After three vain 
attempts he turned to his brethren and 
exclaimed: 'Our brother answereth not.' 
Then he appealed to God, stretched forth 
his arms towards heaven, and called upon 
the Most High to help them in their dire 
needs. But, alas, he got no answer there ! 

"The ceremonies and pomp at the 
temple closed in these words : 'He, whom 
virtue unites with death, cannot suffer.' 

"Then we proceeded to the grave. The 
bands walked ^ w o miles) to the ceme- 
tery and played all the way. Twenty-two 
royal guards carried the flowers and yet 
there were many left on the stage. No 
king or prince ever had a grander 'send- 
off.' Our boys who fought and fell at the 
hands of our country's fierce enemies in 
the late war, in sealed boxes from France 
for interment at this same graveyard, did 
not receive a thousandth part of the pomp 
accorded this high Mason. Know ye the 
power of Masonry ! 

"Yes, a Mason has again died. He is 
gone — buried. Masonry says he is now 
safe in heaven because he was a good 
Mason and a good man. 

''What sayeth the Bible about such 
things, and which shall we believe, the 
lies of Masonry or the Word of God?" 

"Not what these hands have done, 
Can save the guilty soul; 
Not what this toiling flesh has borne 
Can make 1113^ spirit whole. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



May, 1923. 



Not what I feel or do 

Can give me peace with God; 

Not all my prayers, and sighs, and tears, 

Can bear my awful load. 

"Thy grace alone, O God, 

To me can pardon speak; 

Thy power alone, O Son of God, 

Can this sore bondage break; 

No other work save Thine, 

No meaner blood will do; 

No strength, save that which is divine, 

Can bear me safely through. 

"I bless the Christ of God; 

I rest on love divine, 

And with unfaltering lip and heart, 

I call this Saviour mine. 

'Tis He that saveth me, 

And freely pardon gives, 

I love because He loveth me; 

I live, because He lives! 

B. M. Holt. 



Fargo, N. Dak. 



THE BIBLE AND THE LODGE. 



A Comparison. 

The Bible claims to be the unerring 
source of all truth and saving knowl- 
edge. "All Scripture is given by in- 
spiration of God," "it is able to make 
thee wise unto salvation through faith 
which is in Christ Jesus," (2 Tim. 3, 15- 
17). Jesus says, "The Scripture cannot 
be broken," (John 10, 34). In Isaiah 
8, 20, we read : "To the Law and to the 
Testimony! If they shall not speak ac- 
cording to this Word, it is because there 
is no light in them." Deut. 4, 2 : "Ye 
shall not add unto the Word which I 
command unto you, neither shall ye di- 
minish ought from it." "Search the 
Scriptures, for in them ye think ye. have 
eternal life and they are they which 
testify of Me," John 5, 39. "Thy Word 
is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto 
my path," Ps. 119, 105. A Christian will 
therefore say The Bible, the whole Bible, 
and nothing but the Bible ! 

What says the Lodge? Webb's "Mon- 
itor" says page 16: "A few private lodges 
append to the application a pledge to the 
effect that the applicant believes the Holy 
Scriptures to be of divine import, etc. 
All this is irregular and unmasonic." 
Chase's "Digest of Masonic Law" says 
page 209: 'The Jews, the Chinese, the 
Turks, each reject either the New Testa- 
ment, or the Old, or both; yet we see 
no reason why they should not be made 



Masons." In his book, "Treatise on 
Freemasonry," Prof. Theo. Graebner 
says: "When the Grand Lodge of New 
York a few years ago celebrated the can- 
cellation of its debt one of the speakers 
said : 'As Freemasons we are taught that 
the entire truth is not contained in a sin- 
gle Book,' the Bible, 'but that it, like 
portions of a broken image, is found in 
all parts of the world in the various re- 
ligions. These portions may be gath- 
ered, partly from the sentences of 
Brahma, partly from the writings of Con- 
fucius, partly ( !) from the Jewish 
prophets, partly (!) from the followers 
of Him who was born at Bethlehem, and 
united into a harmonious whole. Until 
this has been done, no man can be cer- 
tain that he has the Truth." Mark his 
statement that only part of the truth is 
found in the Bible, while Jesus says: 
"I am the Truth." Contrast with the 
uncertainty of the above quoted Masonic 
orator the confident and positive state- 
ment and advice of Peter: "We have a 
more sure Word of prophecy ; whereunto 
ye do well that ye take heed as unto a 
light that shineth in a dark place, until 
the day dawn, and the daystar rise in 
your hearts ; knowing this first, that no 
prophecy of the Scripture is of any pri- 
vate interpretation; for the prophecy 
came not in old time by the will of man; 
but holy men of God spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost," 2 Peter 1, 
19-21. 

As regarding the source of knowledge 
and truth, we find that the Bible says 
that it is the truth and the source of alone 
saving knowledge, while Masonry asserts 
that it has the whole truth, having pieced 
it together from the Bible, the Koran 
of Mohammed, the writings of the China- 
man Confucius, etc. Does Masonry dif- 
fer from the Bible? Verily, Mackey, its 
writer, speaks truly stating on page 641 
of his Encyclopedia: "Freemasonry is 
not a Christian institution." 
The Idea of God. 

There, is one God. The God of the 
Bible is the Lord, Father, Son, and Holy 
Spirit, not three Gods, but one in three 
persons, a Unity in Trinity and Trinity 
in Unity. Masonry worships a God, a 
Grand Architect of the Universe. The 
claim is made that it matters not how 
the individual happens to fancy this Be- 



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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



ing and how God is worshiped. But if 
it is true that all worship is acceptable 
to God as long as it is seriously and rev- 
erently given, then there is not such a 
thing as idolatry; then the First Com- 
mandment is meaningless : "Thou shalt 
not have other Gods before Me," for if 
it be perfectly proper and permissible 
nowadays to worship God under any 
name we might happen to select, then 
it was so proper in the Old Testament, 
for God never changes ; then were the 
heathen nations of Canaan not wrong in 
worshiping Baalim; then Elijah's zeal 
for Jehovah against the prophets of Baal 
a piece of fanatic bigotry ; then was 
Isaiah and with him were other inspired 
prophets fools for speaking against the 
worship of the heathen; Paul in Romans 
is a dupe ; Moses an errorist ; for all 
these divinely inspired men labored un- 
der the impression that Israel sinned 
when it chose to worship the Grand 
Architect in a manner different from that 
of the Holy Writings. But Masonry 
says it matters not under which name 
and in which form God is worshiped, 
as long as one is serious and believes 
that there is a God. We find Masonry 
again to differ with the Bible. The Bible 
is "narrow," Masonry so "broad-mind- 
ed," that Matthew 7, 14:15 applies. 

No, there is but one God, and He is 
worshiped and approached only through 
Jesus Christ. "This is life eternal, that 
they might know Thee, the only true 
God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast 
sent," John 17, 3. He is "the Father 
of our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Cor. 1, 3. 
"All men should honor the Son even as 
they honor the Father ; he that honoreth 
not the Son, honoreth not the Father 
which sent Him," John 5, 23. "Who is 
a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is 
the Christ ? Whosoever denieth the Son, 
the same hath not the Father," 1 John 
2 :22, 23. "Whosoever abideth not in 
the doctrine of Christ, hath no God," 2 
John 9. You must accept Jesus as God's 
Son or you are an unbeliever in the Scrip- 
tural sense. 

Jesus, the Only Savior. 

To accept Jesus means not only to 
agree that there lived in times far back 
a person by that name and that person 
was a good man and a wise teacher, and 
that He saved us by showing us how to 



live. It means something emphatically 
different. We must accept Jesus as the 
Son of God, 1 John 5 :20, and the Savior 
who saved us through His blood, for 
"without the shedding of blood there is 
no remission," Hebr. 9, 22. By dying 
on the cross Tie actually paid with His 
blood the price and penalty of our sins ; 
He for all ; actually and not merely sym- 
bolically he washed away the sins of the 
whole world ; and whosoever believes this 
has it ; thus Jesus opened the gates of 
Paradise which had been closed to all 
through the fall of Adam, for "in Adam 
all fell." This vicarious atonement, that 
"He died for all," which some disrepect- 
fully call the "slaughter-house theory," 
is after all the one thing that can save 
us. Thus we read: "Neither is there sal- 
vation in any other, for there is none 
other name under heaven given among 
men whereby we must be saved," Acts 
4, 12. 

Masonry professes to save souls. But 
is it through the way just stated, through 
the name of Jesus? No. You may be- 
lieve that or you may not believe that is 
the excuse given us ; actually and official- 
ly Jesus is set aside. Mackey correctly 
says : "Masonry is not Christianity." "A 
Mason who, by living in strict obedience 
to the obligations and precepts of the fra- 
ternity, is free from sin," Mackey's Lex- 
icon, p. 16. He needs not Jesus; he sim- 
ply lives according to Masonic precepts 
and claims heaven as being holy. Sickel's 
"Monitor" says page 161 : "The lessons 
which the Entered Apprentice receives 
are intended to cleanse the heart." The 
Bible says, "The blood of Jesus Christ, 
the Son of God, cleanses us from all sin." 
Thus is Jesus and His salvation declared 
to be superfluous. It is as if Peter raised 
his accusing finger specifically against the 
Masons when he says Acts 4, n : "This," 
Jesus, "is the stone which was set at 
naught of you builders which is become 
the head of the corner." 

Thus could we go on. Many are the 
differences between the Lodge and the 
Bible, but the one just noted is, after 
all, the one which decides. The Lodge's 
idea is to base the hope of heaven upon 
your life "by the level and on the square," 
which means heaven to be gained as a re- 
ward for works, while the Bible says 
"wise unto salvation through faith which 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



May, 1923. 



is in Christ Jesus," 2 Tim. 3, 15; Gal. 
2, 16, "by works of the law shall no 
flesh be justified," and Eph. 2, 9, "for by 
grace ye are saved through faith ; and 
that not of yourselves ; it is the gift of 
God, not of works lest any man should 
boast," Rom. 11, 6, plainly shows that 
one thing excludes the other: "If by 
grace, then it is no more of works, other- 
wise grace is no more grace; but if it 
be of works, then it is no more of grace, 
otherwise work is no more work." 

Strictly speaking, there are but two 
religions ; one is the religion "saved 
through the blood of Jesus," by faith, by 
God's grace; the other is "saved through 
earnest endeavor, righteous living," by 
works; and under this religion we may 
group the endless variations of opinions 
and forms of workrighteousness of every 
other religion. And this being the es- 
sence of Lodgism, we cannot condone it. 

The Lodge worship, therefore, is an 
abomination unto the True God, for 
Jesus being set aside, it is idolatry. "I 
am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, 
no man cometh to the Father by by Me," 
says Jesus, John 14, 6. All the oaths, 
therefore, are extremely blasphemous, its 
prayers unheard, not being made "in My 
name," John 16, 23, that is, with Christ's 
endorsement. 

A superficial person will easily be mis- 
guided by the fact that the "work" of 
the Lodge has so many references to 
the Scriptures and its phraseology is so 
frequently the language of the Bible and 
its symbols biblical. But since Jesus has, 
no place in the Lodge officially or actu- 
ally, the mere use of biblical phrases 
means nothing. It is a case of "the wolf 
in sheep's clothing." True sorrow for 
sins, acceptance by faith of the redeeming 
blood of Christ as the only hope of 
heaven, and then a life of good works 
which spring not from a desire of squar- 
ing our accounts with God but from sim- 
ple and compelling gratitude to God for 
Jesus' sacrifice that washed us clean : 
These things, the three collectively, con- 
stitute Christianity as the Bible under- 
stands it. Outward decency and gener- 
osity as well as the mere acceptance of 
a supreme Being, as was shown, does not 
constitute faith, and "without faith it is 
impossible to please God," "whatsoever 
is not of faith is sin." 



The divine injunction is: "Be not un- 
equally yoked together with unbelievers — 
Come out from among them and be ye 
separate and touch not the unclean thing, 
2 Cor. 6, 14-18, Mackey says of the 
Lodge: "It admits men of every creed 
within its hospitable bosom," "its uni- 
versality is its boast." If God puts up 
a fence, it's not for us to level it. 
God says : "Brethren, mark them that 
cause divisions and offences contrary to 
the doctrine which you have learned, and 
avoid them," Rom. 16, 17. That "avoid 
them" is the voice of God, and one who 
recognizes God as his Father is an obedi- 
ent child, will heed the word, because 
"his Father wills it thus," that's all; may 
the denial be large, the sacrifice of world- 
ly prestige and honor be great, and he 
be considered "narrow," "unsociable," 
" Pharisaical," it matters not ; he is con- 
tent. 

Without doubt many members of the 
Lodge are Christians, but they have no 
business there; they are in the wrong 
camp. Their Christian eyesight grew dim 
or was weak when they were induced to 
join. Many are there because they either 
have the wrong idea of the Lodge, or of 
the Christianity of the Bible, or of both. 
Hark ye : "Come ye out from among 
them." 

Rev. H. P. Uhlig. 

— Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 



The Winter Term graduation exercises 
of The Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 
were held April 19. The fifty-eight grad- 
uates of the Day Classes, together with 
two hundred and nine graduates from the 
Correspondence Department, represented 
forty states of the Union, Canada, Pana- 
ma, England, Scotland, Denmark, Egypt, 
India and the Philippines. 

The enrollment in the Day Classes is 
now the largest in the history of the In- 
stitute. 

The graduation address was given by 
Rev. R. E. Vale, D. D., pastor of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Oak Park. 
By request he repeated an address on 
"Ambassadors for Christ," which was 
recently given, with much acceptance, be- 
fore a body of Christian workers of the 
Presbyterian Church- of Chicago. 



May, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



OUT OF BONDAGE. 

BY S. F. PROCTOR, A SECEDING MASON. 

(Continued from the April, 1923, issue.) 

During that fall my wife and I attended 
a tabernacle meeting at Winnsboro, Tex., 
conducted by Evangelist Thomas Rodg- 
ers and wife. We went on Friday evening 
and passing through the crowd I nodded 
to Dr. Leach, and this was the first and 
last time we ever met, since our talks at 
Persimmon Grove. While my mind was 
dwelling on the past the people were hav- 
ing a testimony meeting. There were two 
very old men who testified. One of them 
said, "I once was a terrible slave to the 
whiskey habit but since the Lord has 
saved me I can sit on a whiskey barrel 
half a day and not want to drink." The 
other one said, "I was an awful slave to 
the tobacco habit but the Lord has saved 
me from it and has taken away the desire 
for tobacco." 

We Have Made Lies Our Refuge. 

I arose and said, "Praise the Lord, I 
never was a slave to either the whiskey 
or the tobacco habit but the Lord did most 
wonderfully deliver me from this God 
dishonoring and Christ rejecting institu- 
tion called Freemasonry, and He laid it 
upon me to warn others to keep out of it. 
A man can buy Capt. William Morgan's 
exposure for twenty-five cents and learn 
of Masonry more intelligently than if he 
pays $30 for it at the lodge, yet the Ma- 
sons will stand up and deny the truth of 
Morgan's exposure. They remind me of 
the men spoken of in Isaiah 

Because ye have said we have made a 
covenant with death, and with hell are we 
at agreement; when the overflowing scourge 
shall pass through it shall not come nigh us; 
for we have made lies our refuge and under 
falsehood have we hid ourselves. Judgment 
will I lay to the line and righteousness to 
the plummet; and Ihe hail shall sweep away 
r our refuge of lies and the waters shah over- 
flow the hiding - place. And your covenant 
with death shall be disannulled, and your 
' --r--rnt with hell not stand where the 
overflowing scourge shall pass through. Then 
shall ve be trodden down bv it. (Isaiah 
23:15, 17, 18.) 

I called attention to the song that I had 
changed to suit my experience. The song 
reads this way : 

"Now 1 am from hoodwinks free, 

Every cable-tow is riven. 
Jesus makes me free indeed 

Just as free as Heaven." 



A Trap Set. 

This testimony secured for me another 
enemy. My wife and I returned to the 
meeting on Saturday evening and took 
with us our neighbor's girls. I left the 
women with the hack and went down the 
street to buy some horse feed. 

When I reached George Knight's store 
he said, "Your name is Proctor, I be- 
lieve." I said, "Yes." He said, "I under- 
stand that up here in the meeting last 
night you said you once belonged to Ma- 
sonry and that you were going to give 
away its secrets. I made up my mind that 
the first time I saw you — and I am glad 
that there are Masonic brothers present 
to hear what I say to you — that if you 
have ever taken those obligations and 
then divulged them, that you are a low 
down, being, perjured villain." 

I clapped my hands and said, "Well, 
praise the Lord, I never said last night 
that I was going to give away the secrets 
of Masonry. I said that a man could buy 
Morgan's book for 25c and learn of Ma- 
sonry from it more intelligently than if 
he paid $30 for the same information at 
the lodge." 

One man present said, "That is what I 
understood him to say last night." Knight 
said, "Morgan never gave away the se- 
crets of Masonry." 

I replied, "Well, if Morgan never gave 
away the secrets of Masonry then sure 
enough, I don't know anything about it." 

Knight said, "That's what I told you, 
sir, you don't know anything about Ma- 
sonry." I said, "If I had time I could 
soon convince you that I do know about 
it, but if you are a good Mason you know 
that your obligation forbids your talking 
to me about its secrets." He replied, "Yes, 
I know it does, but you could tell it to 
me." By this time we had a large crowd 
and he was afraid to have me tell it there 
but said, "You come back here into my 
office and tell it to me." I said, "I haven't 
time now for I left three women up the 
street and they are expecting me back." 
I then said, "Are you acquainted with 
W. A. Bellamy at Stout?" He said, 
"Yes." I said, "For your satisfaction, you 
ask W. A. Bellamy if he did not attend 
lodge with me at Scottsboro, Alabama, 
for seven years." Knight replied, "T 
would not believe him unless he saw you 
initiated." I excused myself with the 



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May, 1923. 



remark, "When I have time I can soon 
convince you." 

My niece, J. T. Potter's wife, who had 
known Knight for many years, said to 
me, "Uncle Sam, you did well that you 
did not go back into his office. He would 
not have cared any more about killing 
you than for killing a hog. The Masons 
would have gotten him out of it. He has 
killed two men and he is drunk nearly all 
the time." I replied, "I would not have 
been afraid to go back there with him. I 
feel sure that the Lord is leading me." 
An Honest Negro Mason. 

I had been acquainted with a colored 
man for some time. I met him one day 
and he said to me, "A member of our 
lodge died the other day and the lodge 
buried him." I said, "What lodge was 
that?" He said, "The Masonic lodge." I 
said, "I thought you told me you were a 
Christian," and he said, "I am, I am. Ma- 
sonry is founded on the Bible. You don't 
know anything about it but it just helps 
you understand the Bible.' I said, "Now 
the very idea that a man must agree to 
have his body mutilated and carved up 
worse than you would cut a beast in or- 
der to understand the Bible. Why should 
a man swear that he would suffer his 
throat to be cut from ear to ear, his left 
breast torn open, his heart and vitals 
taken out, his body severed in the midst, 
his bowels burned to ashes and the ashes 
scattered to the four winds of heaven? 
A man can buy Morgan's Exposure for 
25c and learn Masonry more intelligently 
than by paying $30 for it at the lodge." 
His eyes shined and he looked like he 
had changed his mind about my no! 
knowing anything about Masonry and he 
said, "Where can I get that book?" and 
handed me 30c. The next time I met him 
I said, "Did you get your book?" and 
he replied, "Yes." I asked, "Was it all 
right?" and he replied, "Yes." 

( )ne day I met the Methodist Episcopal 
circuit rider on the Winnsboro circuit 
when he said to me, "Brother Proctor, it 
is a wonder to me that the Masons don't 
kill you." I said, "I am obeying the Lord, 
and as long as He can get more glory out 
of my life than out of my death they can't 
touch a hair on my head. Should the time 
come when lie could gel more glory out 
of death than out of my life, perhaps He 
will permit them to take it." 



Reward Unto Her Double According to 
Her Works. 

The Lord is still protecting me from 
Masonic vengeance and though I am now 
too old and feeble to deliver public lec- 
tures I am endeavoring to scatter the 
printed page. One of the hardest knocks 
I sometimes get off on Masons is to re- 
quest them to change their prayer used at 
the close of each obligation and instead 
of saying "I pray God to keep me stead- 
fast and in due performance of the same," 
just say, "I am confident the Devil will 
use his utmost power to keep me stead- 
fast in this my God dishonoring, Christ 
rejecting and hell deserving obligation." 
In the book of Revelations 18: 6, God's 
people are commanded to "reward her 
even as she rewarded you, and double 
unto her double according to her works ; 
in the cup which she has filled, fill to 
her double." 

Now I mean to get revenge on Masonry 
by circulating two truths about her for 
every lie she has told about me. 

May the richest blessings of heaven rest 
on the National Christian Association, 
and especially upon the Christian Cy- 
nosure, is my prayer. 



During the year 1919 the Grand Lodge 
of Pennsylvania spent $68,836.38 for 
charity. This is quite a sum, indeed 50c 
for every Mason in the State. What else 
did this Grand Lodge spend its vast funds 
for? $242,509.79 for banquets and 
cigars. (Proceedings Grand Lodge Ne- 
vada, 1920, page 91.) 

Two dollars each for their own stom- 
achs and bad breaths to 50c for so-called 
"charity." 



"There are no crown wearers in 
Heaven, who were not cross bearers be- 
low." 



Fear not. for I am with thee. Isa. 
xliii. 5. 



Whosoever calleth on the name of the 
.ord shall be saved. Acts ii. 21. 



Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever 
I command you. John xv. 14. 



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ii 



ORANGE LODGE OFFICERS FINED. 

Sentence of the Waltham (Mass.) District 
Court for initiating Frank A. Preble into the 
Royal Arch Purple Degree of the Orange 
Order. A statement of the rise and progress 
of the order, and of the court trial. 

Historical. 

' The English Revolution occurred 
1688-1690. James II was on the throne, 
but while he outwardly pretended al- 
legiance to the state church, yet had his 
Romish masses in the private chapel of 
the palace, and practiced in secret the 
pagan worship of the Church of Rome. 

The English people, alarmed at this 
hypocrisy of their monarch, and fearing 
that their country would again be 
brought under the iron heel of the 
papacy, deputed a number of their most 
influential men to go over to Holland and 
invite and urge upon William, Prince of 
Orange, who married James IPs daugh- 
ter, Mary, to come over to England and 
take charge of the destinies of the coun- 
try and hurl James from the throne. 

William readily obeyed, and soon land- 
ed with a large retinue at Torbay, in the 
south of England. He marched from 
there to, Exeter, where he was met and 
heartily received by the chief men of the 
realm, and a declaration of principles 
drawn up and the Revolution started. 

About the last battle fought is gen- 
erally known as the "Battle of Boyne" in 
the north of Ireland, where James' army 
was completely routed and he himself 
fled to Dublin and thence to France, 
never to return; and thus ended the 
England reign of the Stuarts. Of course 
it will be understood that the contest 
from first to last was between Popery 
and Protestantism — between James Stuart 
and his Catholic subjects and allies on the 
one hand, and William of Orange and 
his Protestant supporters on the other. 

The religion of the Reformation was 
triumphant. James II was ingloriously 
defeated, and William III and Mary, his 
wife, the daughter of James, were soon 
after crowned King and Queen of Eng- 
land. 

But Protestants and Catholics hated 
one another all the same, and whenever 
an opportunity offered, slaughtered one 
another "for the love of God" ; and thus 
matters ran along until about the begin- 
ning of the present century. About that 



time a battle took place between the 
Catholics and Protestants at a little vil- 
lage in the north of Ireland called "The 
Diamond" ; and immediately after this 
the "Battle of the Diamond." 

The "Orange Association" Was First 
Organized. 

Jt took its name from William III, 
Prince of Orange, who was at once 
adopted as the hero-god of the initiation, 
as Hiram Abiff was of Masonry, and in 
recent years, Pythias of the "Knights of 
Pythias." 

It will be remembered that Free- 
masonry started on its mission in 1717; 
and being antagonistic to the papacy, 
there was nothing more natural than that 
the Freemasons of Antrim and other 
counties in the province of Ulster, in the 
north of Ireland, should lend their as- 
sistance in organizing the new institution, 
and stamping upon it as much of the 
Masonic system as was necessary and 
justifiable at the time. Soon the Orange 
Association flourished over the north and 
east of Ireland, especially in those coun- 
ties where Protestants were in the ma- 
jority. 

When the Orange society was first or- 
ganized it was for purely selfish reasons. 
It was necessarily a secret oath-bound 
society, as it is to the present time. Pass- 
words, grips and signs were invented as 
modes of recognition when in a wrought 
crowd of papist antagonists, and being 
organized and manipulated by the Free- 
masons of County Antrim and the city 
of Dublin, degrees and a ritual were 
manufactured. At first there was but 
one degree — the "Royal Arch Purple" ; 
the initiatory ceremonies of that degree 
being largely borrowed from the Master 
Mason's and Royal Arch degree of Free- 
masonry. 

The Orange Lodge in Canada. 

In 1830 Ogle Robert Gowan came to 
Upper Canada from Dublin, Ireland, 
and brought Orangeism with him. It 
very soon obtained a strong and abiding 
foothold in that province ; but in order to 
conform to the new condition of things, 
other degrees were invented, new T pass- 
words, grips, signs and other modes of 
recognition were soon formulated, and so 
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have five degrees — the "Orange," the 
"Small Purple," the "Blue," the "Royal 
Arch Purple," and the "Scarlet." 

The first degree makes you an Orange- 
man, just as the first degree in Free- 
masonry makes a man a Mason. In be- 
ing initiated the candidate is neither 
stripped of his clothing, blindfolded, nor 
otherwise maltreated in any way ; and 
neither is he in the second and third de- 
grees — the "Small Purple" and the 
"Blue." 

In receiving the "Royal Arch Purple," 
however, it is quite the other way ; and in 
view of the following newspaper corre- 
spondence, the reader is especially re- 
quested to note the difference. Both 
documents are given here in full, the one 
from the Boston Journal of August 20, 
1896, and the other from the Springfield 
(Mass.) Daily Republican of August 
22, 1896: 

The Trial in Massachusetts. 

[From the Boston Journal of Aug. 20, 1896.] 
"There was a large crowd gathered in 
the Waltham District Court rOom, to 
listen to the trial of the officers of the 
local lodge of Orangemen, charged with 
assault and battery on two candidates 
who were being initiated into the order. 
The alleged assault and battery consist- 
ed of branding the candidates on their 
arms and breast and severely whipping 
them on their legs. The complainant 
was Mr. Frank A. Preble, and the story 
told of his experience in being made a 
member of the lodge was highly sensa- 
tional. 

"Mr. Edward Arch, who was initiated 
the same evening, but who was not a 
complainant, told of Mr. Preble's treat- 
ment, and added much to the strength of 
the story. He was an eye-witness to all 
that took place, and on points where Mr. 
Preble was weak, because of being blind- 
folded, he strengthened his testimony. 

Preble's Testimony. 
"The first witness called was Frank A. 
Preble. He testified as follows : 'When 
I first went into the lodge room the offi- 
cers insisted that I should remove all my 
clothing, the first thing, except my under- 
wear. My sleeves were rolled up to my 
elbows, and my drawers were rolled up 
to my knees. They then put overalls on 
me, mason's overalls, and they were 



rolled up to my knees. Messrs. Mayble 
and Leary were guides, having hold of 
each arm. When I got into the room I 
was told to halt, and kneel down and re- 
peat the Lord's Prayer. After this I 
was dragged over blocks in my bare feet, 
and while this was being done they un- 
mercifully whipped me over my bare 
legs. 

" 'I was then put on a stepladder, and 
Mr. Graham asked me to repeat an obli- 
gation, which I did. All at once my legs 
went out from under me, and I was 
thrown onto a canvas. After that pro- 
ceeding was over, I was made to get 
down on my knees, and men were jump- 
ing up and down on me. Men on each 
side had boards with pins in them, and 
with these they kept pricking my sides. 
I was then made to carry a bag which I 
should think was filled with rocks, by its 
heft. I was then escorted to where Air. 
Graham was, and repeated an obligation. 
He then said, "See if you can find the 
serpent." He then said, "You can't find 
it, but it found you," and then they 
placed a red-hot iron on my breast. 

" 'Before I went into the main hall I 
protested to the marshals at being un- 
dressed, and they said I wouldn't be hurt. 
I removed my clothes myself with the 
help of Mr. Mayble and Mr. Leary. 
That was in the ante-room. I was then 
blindfolded and I made no objection to 
that. I belong to two other Orders. I 
belong to the Red Men, A. P. A.'s and 
the Pilgrim Fathers. I was accustomed 
to being initiated, and have assisted in 
initiating gentlemen in those orders.' 

Testimony of Edward Arch. 

"Edward Arch then testified as fol- 
lows: \I could see the work, and what 
they did to Mr. Preble. Mr. Leary and 
Mr. Mayble guided Mr. Preble into the 
lodge room. The burns on Mr. Preble's 
breast were put on by Mr. Graham. 
They were put on by a hot iron which 
was heated by Mr. O'Neil. Previous to 
the application Mr. Yickerson took the 
iron from Mr. O' Neil's hand and touched 
it with his wet hand. He said that the 
iron was not hot enough, and "we'll give 

him a good one." The iron was 

put into the gas jet again. There were 
two distinct marks on Mr. Preble's 
breast. Quite a number of people had 



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whips, but of the defendants, Mr. Weth- 
erbee was the only one. The whips were 
rattan and six or eight feet long. 

" 'When Mr. Preble was burned, Mr. 
Mayble and Mr. Leary were in the room 
as guides and took hold of his hands. I 
was initiated this same night as Mr. 
Preble. I was initiated before Mr. 
Preble. Mr. Graham afterwards came 
around to my room and asked me what 
we would take to settle up, and I told 
him I would not settle that way. I have 
lived in Waltham several months, but of 
the defendants I know only Mr. Leary. I 
sat silently in the room while everything 
was being done to Mr. Preble that was 
done. My legs were whipped worse than 
Mr. Preble's. I asked the officers to ap- 
point a committee to let me show them 
my bruises and I waited about three 
weeks for them to do it. They didn't and 
then I applied to the court.' 

The Defense. 

"Lawyer G. A. Brown, of Boston, who 
had charge of the defense, in his argu- 
ment said the case in many respects was 
a novel one ; that it was unusual for cases 
of secret societies to be taken into court. 
When any one joins a secret society, it is 
generally understood that there is some 
form of initiation, and that in different 
societies the form differs. T am not a 
member of any secret society whatever, 
and have therefore never experienced an 
initiation. If this man Preble was as- 
saulted, every man initiated into the 
order was assaulted and nothing has been 
shown that the initiation ceremony was 
any different with him than with any 
other member.' 

"Judge Luce, in making his decision, 
said the evidence showed that the man 
went to the lodge room on the evening of 
July 20th expecting to be initiated. In 
the ante-room he was told to remove his 
clothing to which he objected. On being 
assured he would not be hurt, he did as 
required and was conducted into the 
lodge room, where, in part of the initia- 
tion he was whipped upon the legs and 
branded upon the breast, making marks 
which will probably last him for life. 'I 
suppose,' continued Judge Luce, Hhat 
when a man joins a secret society he ex- 
pects to go through some form of initia- 
tion, but does not expect to be unreason- 



ably injured, and I consider the injury 
this man received to be beyond reason.' 
"The judge then fined each of the offi- 
cers thirty-five dollars. 

(To be continued.) 



"AMERICA AND WORLD LIQUOR 
PROBLEM." 

BY E. H. CHERRINGTON. 

After calling attention to the stages 
of progress towards internationalism — 
prior to 1600 A. D. absolutism; prior to 
i860, state sovereignty ; prior to 19 14, na- 
tionalism — Dr. Cherrington points to the 
world w r ar as marking a new epoch when 
twenty-four nations enlisted fifty-four 
nationalities for the protection of demo- 
cratic idealism. 

The new spirit of international co-op- 
eration was expressing itself ; this spirit, 
he urges, must still further express itself 
in a "World League Against Alcoholism." 
The world cannot exist part dry and part 
wet, any more than America could exist 
half slave and half free. 

America, having solved the problem 
for itself, by means of a century of agi- 
tation, crystallization of sentiment, ending 
in the amendment of its constitution — 
must look upon her victory, not so much 
as an attainment to rejoice over, so much 
as a new opportunity and responsibility. 
The time is ripe, and America has the 
limitless means to carry this gospel "to 
every creature." 

Mr. Cherrington has presented a mas- 
terly summary of the facts and forces 
that call for a world movement against 
the liquor traffic. 182 pages, 5x7, cloth, 
published by The American Issue Press, 
Westerville, Ohio. 



If the Lord's coming does not enable 
us to know what holiness means, then 
nothing will, nothing can, because this is 
intended to be the inspiration of our life 
here and now. — Selected. 



"The very principle of eternal life is in 
the life that now is. Life must needs 
be prophetic to be worth while." 



The good are better made by ill, as 
flowers crushed are sweeter still. — Rog- 
ers. 



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THE SECRET EMPIRE THE FINAL ANTI-CHRISTIAN POWER 

By Rev. J. P. Aurelius, D. D. 
(Continued from April, 1923, Number.) 



A Religious Chameleon. 

In the foregoing we have seen how dif- 
ferent kinds of worshipers have united 
in groups preparatory for forming the 
final anti-Christian power. The purpose 
of Chapter XII in the Book of Revela- 
tion was to introduce to our notice the 
Dragon or Satan. The object of Chapter 
XIII to make us acquainted with the 
Satanic trinity: The First Beast, Pagan 
Rome; the Second Beast, Papal Rome, 
and also the Third the Living Image of 
the Beast, the Secret Lodge System. This 
last Beast is an imitation of the First 
Beast, having received life from the Sec- 
ond Beast. The Image of the Beast 
adapts himself to any religious worship 
in order to unite mankind. He is like 
the chameleon, he partakes of the color 
of the object upon which he locates or 
fastens himself. In China he favors the 
Joss worshipers ; among the Hindus, the 
Brahmins ; in Turkey, the Moslems ; in 
Utah, the Mormons. Among the Jews, 
they adapt the Old Testament, among 
Christians the whole Bible or any form 
of religion to suit the occasion. Thus we 
will find that the secret lodges constitute 
the greatest anti-Christian system in the 
world. 

Popery and Masonry are alike in that 
they spell "death" to spirituality. Roman- 
ism is semi-Christian, and Masonry is 
anti-Christian. In the last times they are 
apt to unite their forces against the true 
Christian church. 

Anti-Christs. 

Several anti-Christs have appeared in 
the world. Christ says that many false 
prophets and false Christs shall come into 
the world (Matt. 7 115, 24 15 ; Mark 13 :2i, 
32; Luke 17:33). St. John, the Apostle, 
recognizes anti-Christs in the heretics of 
his time (I John 2 :i8, 4 :3 ; II John 7 v.). 
The Waldenses and Hussites taught that 
the Papacy was anti-Christ. This was 
also the prevalent opinion among the Re- 
formers. Luther held that the Pope was 
anti-Christ. He was, undoubtedly, a very 
prominent anti-Christ in the time of 
Luther. In the earlier Christian era An- 
tiochus Epiphanes, Mohammed and oth- 



ers were noted as such. The Papacy con- 
stitutes a part of anti-Christ's kingdom. 
The greater part, however, is now ruled 
by the secret lodges. No system has ever 
before succeeded to mingle together the 
religious ceremonies of Jews, Moham- 
medans, Christians and Heathens, as the 
Freemasons and kindred lodges. This 
system will finally culminate in the ap- 
pearance of a personal anti-Christ. 

Anti-Christ is described under the 
terms : "The Man of Sin," that "Wicked 
One," the "Son of Perdition," and also 
spoken of as the "Mystery of Iniquity." 
One of the chief passages on the doctrines 
of anti-Christ as a person is II Thess. 
2:1-12. St. Paul there describes the 
manifestations of "The Man of Sin" as 
one of the events which must precede 
the second advent of Christ. Anti-Christ 
is preceded by apostasy from the Chris- 
tian faith, lawlessness and great tribula- 
tion. Unions with a diverse of false doc- 
trines are advocated. Even the elect shall, 
if possible, be led astray (Matt. 24:24), 
Anti-Christ will be the great leader. This 
"Man of Sin" will be an exceedingly at- 
tractive, fascinating and bewitching per- 
sonage. He draws upon himself the in- 
tensest admiration and homage of the 
world. St. John beheld, and "all the 
world wondered after the Beast." The 
adorning cry is : "Who is like to the 
Beast? Who is able to war with him?" 
He will be a political man, advocating 
liberty and union, but opposing the divine 
plan of salvation. 

The Reign and Rule of the Man of Sin. 

He will be a great patron of error and 
lies, and a sworn enemy of all faithful 
followers of Jesus, signs, wonders, visions 
and miracles are pretended ; by these the 
Papal kingdom was first set up, and the 
secret lodges have continued and per- 
fected the same in order to unite all kinds 
of religions, advocating a Great Archi- 
tect of Universe. Some may call this 
pious frauds, but the apostle Paul calls 
it "all deceit of unrighteousness." This 
"Man of Sin" will beguile all unwary and 
unstable souls to embrace his false doc- 
trines, and submit to his usurped do- 
minion. 



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By feigning religion he will ensnare 
many. The Devil has a wonderful suc- 
cess in persuading men that there is a 
saving virtue in merely being religious. 
The Spiritualist, the Theosophist, the 
Christian Scientist, the Mormon, the 
Buddhist, and the Hindu are all of them 
intensely religious, and perhaps the most 
religious of them all is the Mohammedan 
Turk who is more cruel, barbarous and 
devilish just because he is so intensely 
religious. It is a discouraging fact that 
some of God's children are found in these 
anti-Christian societies. St. John heard 
a voice from heaven saying: "Come out 
of her My people that ye be not partakers 
of her sins, and that ye receive not her 
plagues" (Rev. 18:4). An address which 
obviously could have no meaning if none 
of God's people were in this "Mystery of 
Iniquity." 

"Unions of all kinds" is the watchword 
of today. The Devil sings in the same 
chorus. He knows if he can intermingle 
sheep, goats and wolves in the same fold, 
the wolves are more likely to debase the 
sheep than the sheep are to change the 
nature of the wolves and goats. All suc- 
cessful profiteers and robbers belong to 
some of these fraternities and often to 
several at the same time. There seems 
to be a design in the lodges and secret 
"Trade Unions" that no one can get work 
or remain on his job without "the mark 
on his right hand or upon his forehead. 
No man might buy or sell, save he hath 
the mark, or the name of the Beast or 
the number of his name" (Rev. 13:16, 
17). You must worship the Beast or 
suffer the consequences (Rev. 13:15). 
Anti-Christ's Bargain with the Jews. 

About this bargain, I will quote from 
an addre s delivered at Grand Rapids, 
Michigan, by Rev. Chas. A. Blanchard, 
D. D., as follows : "Anti-Christ is going 
to make a bargain with the Jews and he 
is going to say to the Jews : "You give me 
civil power and I will let you have your 
religion. Let me rule the world by these 
anti-Christian systems that have been or- 
ganized and that are being organized, and 
are to be organized, and you may have 
your religion. Y^ou may build your tem- 
ple and reinstate your sacrifices and do 
what you please. And then, after that 
bargain has stood for three and a half 
years he will say to them, "I have 



changed my mind about that bargain. You 
cannot have that religion. You have 
got to worship me." And he is going to 
sit in the temple of God and show him- 
self that he is God, and say : "I am God, 
and you must worship me." Then the 
Jews will say: "Not on your life. We 
are not going to worship you," and then 
will be the time of Jacob's trouble; then 
those Jews will cry out and say, "Oh, 
Lord, how long, how long?" But at the 
end of the three years and a half, Jesus 
is going to appear and when He appears 
He is going to destroy that wicked one 
with the brightness of His coming. 
The Final Anti-Christ. 

The Lord has revealed to us the pre- 
cise man who is to be the final Anti- 
Christ in a sealed indication. When the 
time comes and the monster appears, the 
righteous shall understand. In Rev. 13:18 
v. is added a mysterious numerical mark, 
designed to secure the recognition of the 
final anti-Christ. The number "666" can 
in due time be solved by the wise, ac- 
quainted with the original text. Six is a 
bad number and when multiplied by tens 
and hundreds, it denotes evil in its great- 
est intensity and most disastrous manifes- 
tation. The number six itself awakens 
a feeling of dread in the breast of the 
Jew who felt the significance of numbers 
It fell below the sacred number "seven' 
just as much as eight went beyond it. The 
apostle John may not himself have known 
the name. He was only acquainted with 
the character of the Beast, and to that 
character its name, when made known, 
must correspond. No prophecy can be 
perfectly understood in all its details be- 
fore it is fulfilled. It was so written, evi- 
dently to incite us to an earnest study of 
the prophecies and the signs of the times ; 
and not to satisfy idle curiosity concern- 
ing future events. The endless guesses 
with which expositors have made on this 
point can be of very little practical value 
to us. Wnen anti-Christ comes the seal 
is opened and God's children will clearly 
behold his name. 

Final Union of Catholics and Masons 
Probable. 

From preceding facts we have clearly 
seen that Freemasonry has all the signs in 
every detail of having a perfect anti- 
Christian character. No other Fraternity 
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unite every kind of religious and political 
opinion, and bind them all together with 
terrible oaths, prompted in secret by par- 
ties having no lawful right to require any 
oath from any one. Hon. Benj. D'Israeli, 
the great statesman, and former prime 
minister of England, sent about forty 
years ago the following warning out into 
the world: "Secret societies are hurrying 
the civil governments of the world to the 
brink of a precipice over which law and 
order will ultimately fall and perish to- 
gether.'' The great Gladstone and several 
of our presidents in U. S., for instance, 
John Ouincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, 
Ulysses S. Grant, and a great number of 
other prominent statesmen, professors and 
clergymen have concurred in similar state- 
ments. The Catholic Freemasons of Mex- 
ico and of the South American Republics 
will in time rejoin the Masons of the 
world. In 1870 the Pope lost his political 
power, and has not since regained the 
same and never will. The Masons and all 
other secret societies and Trade Unions 
will be united. They will then have the 
exclusive political and together with the 
Catholics also a religious supremacy. The 
anti-Christ of the great tribulation will, 
therefore, naturally be selected by the se- 
cret lodges of the world. Anti-Christ's 
reign will, however, be short. "The Lord 
shall slay him with the breath of his 
mouth, and bring to nought by the mani- 
festation of his coming." (II Thes. 2:S 
v.) How can a Christian and especially 
a Minister of the Gospel, belong to these 
secret anti-Christian lodges? The lodge 
has no use for a Saviour. It claims that 
to live Masonically makes sinless. In 
Mackey's Masonic Lexicon, page 16, we 
read as follows : "A Mason, who, by liv- 
ing in strict obedience to the obligation 
and precepts of the Fraternity, is free 
from sin.'' 

May we all heed the words Paul writes 
to Timothy : "Know this that in the last 
days grievous times shall come. The time 
will come when they will not endure the 
sound doctrine, but having itching ears, 
will heap to themselves teachers after 
their own lusts; and will turn away their 
ears from the truth, and turn aside unto 
fables. But be thou sober in all things, 
suffer hardships, do the work of an evan- 
gelist, fulfill thy ministry." "Let us watch 



and pray. We know not on what day our 
Lord cometh." 



ELKS' SPECIAL SERVICES. 

A few more extracts from the ritual of 
Special Services for use of subordinate 
lodges, under the Jurisdiction of the Grand 
Lodge of the Benevolent and Protec- 
tive Order of Elks of the United States 
of America, in addition to those already 
published in recent numbers of the 
Christian Cynosure may be of some interest. 

Opening Ode. 

(Used in dedication of Elks' Hall.) 
Great Ruler of the Lni verse, 

All-seeing and benign, 
Look down upon and bless our work, 

And be all glory thine ; 
And let this be our sign, O Elks, 

And let this be our sign: 
The Golden Rule our motto true 

As in "Days of Auld Lang Syne." 

Closing Ode. 

We've finished our labor, the parting has 

come, 
And each of our brothers now goes to 

his home ; 
And our voices blending, we now will 

depart, 
In perfect love, giving each note from 

the heart. 

Each duty accomplished, each brother 

content. 
Oh, thus may we ever our friendship 

cement ; 
May Charity, Justice and Brotherly Love 
At last lead us all to the Grand Lodge 

above. 

Prayer at Laying of Cornerstone. 

Chaplain — ,k O Thou Grand Exalted 
Ruler of the Universe, Giver of Life and 
Death, accept, we humbly pray Thee, the 
work of our hands this day performed, 
and strengthen us by Thy blessing to 
build upon this cornerstone, a temple in 
which shall be taught the principles of 
Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fi- 
delity to all mankind, and our brothers in 
particular. Grant, we beseech Thee, 
courage to those who have undertaken the 
work of building this edifice, that they 
may be the better enabled to carry it for- 
ward to entire completion. Endow with 
Thy grace those who are engaged in the 
construction of the building, and preserve 



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them from danger and accident while thus 
engaged. Prosper, we beseech Thee, our 
Noble Order by the continued smile of 
Thy approving countenance. Grant us 
success in all our aims and efforts to ben- 
efit mankind. May it ever rest upon the 
sure foundation of Brotherly Love, and 
ever exert a moral influence over our 
minds and consciences, and finally, we 
pray Thee, O Lord, that Thou wilt for- 
give the trespasses of our lives, so that 
after the trials and tribulations of this 
world, we shall become worthy of a place 
in the Eternal Lodge of the hereafter. 
Amen.'' 

All say: "Amen." 



"NUFFIN LEFT BUT JIST DE COB." 

Dr. Theodore L. Cuyler of New York 
tells the following good story, which 
points a timely moral : 

"We asked," he says, "an old colored 
preacher how his church was getting on, 
and his answer was : 'Mighty poor, 
mighty poor, brudder.' We ventured to 
ask the trouble and he replied : 'De 
'sieties, de 'sieties. Dey is just drawin' 
all de fatness and marrow outen de body 
and bone of the Lord's body. We can't 
do nurhn without de 'siety. There is the 
Lincum 'Siety, wid Sister Jones and 
Brudder Brown to run it. Sister Wil- 
ioms mus' march right in front of de 
Daughters of Rebakah, den dar is de 
Dorcases, de Marthas, de Daughters of 
Ham, and Liberian Ladies.' 'Well, you 
have your brothers to help in church,' we 
suggested. 'No, sah, dar are de Masons, 
de Odd Fellows, de Sons of Ham, and de 
Oklahoma Promised Land Pilgrims. 
Why, brudder, by de time de brudders 
and sisters pay all dues, an' tend all de 
meetings der is nuffin left for Mount 
Pisgah church but jis de cob! De co'n 
has all been shelled off and f rowed to de 
speckled chickens.' " 



OPPORTUNITY. 

(The following is taken from a recent num- 
ber of the War Cry. Opportunity is a good 
word to remember in our work for God. — 
Editor.) 

Reading the lives of great men who 
have achieved produces one of two effects 
upon the reader, according to his view- 
point and character. To the faint heart 

and fearful soul will come a shut-in feel 



ing, a feeling of being surrounded by an 
impenetrable wall built by men who have 
achieved and who thereby have monopo- 
lized every opportunity and cut off every 
avenue to excel. Instead of being gal- 
vanized into intense activity by the ex- 
ample of men who have made the world 
better and happier and have thereby won 
for themselves gratitude, love and respect, 
they heave a sigh because they had not 
the good fortune to be born when these 
men were born, when opportunity knocked 
at every door in a way which they be- 
lieve she does not knock today. In the 
young man of vision, resourcefulness and 
ambition to serve his day and age in the 
largest possible manner, the example of 
the world's great men of the past genera- 
tion produces a mighty urge, a largeness 
of vision, an imperative command which 
says, "Go thou and do likewise." While 
it is true that greater progress in science 
and invention, in all matters that make 
for material comfort, have been made 
during the last fifty years than were made 
in a thousand years previously, yet it is 
evident to the thinking man that the prog- 
ress already made is but the introduction 
to more sweeping and radical inventions 
and discoveries which will be made dur- 
ing the next fifty years. The discovery 
and utilization of the power of electricity 
and steam and their application to the 
problems of transportation, communica- 
tion and manufacture, is but the outer 
court of the chamber of incalculably 
greater forces and more marvelous inven- 
tions. Along these lines "we haven't done 
the best thing yet" and opportunity in- 
vites the best thought and highest energy 
of the youth of today. 

Alluring as are the opportunities pre- 
sented by the fields of science and inven- 
tion, even more attractive to those who 
have received the gift of salvation and 
spiritual vision, is the opportunity offered 
to advance the claims of Jesus Christ 
among men, to secure the universal adop- 
tion of the Golden Rule and to serve the 
highest interests of mankind. In America 
and in all other so-called Christian coun- 
tries there is a vast and attractive field 
unfolded to the view of Christian young 
men and women who desire to devote 
their talents and life's energies to the serv- 
_ ice of God and the sa.lyatiw of man. 



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Slower progress has been made and a 
greater task remains to be accomplished 
in this field than in the field of providing 
for the material needs of man. It is also 
of greater importance in that it has to do 
not only with the physical that will pass 
away, but also with the spirit which lives 
forever, the real man and not the house 
in which he dwells. As up to a few hun- 
dred years ago America remained an un- 
discovered and untouched continent filled 
with vast opportunities and possibilities 
for humanity, so today half the popula- 
tion of the world remains practically un- 
discovered and undeveloped from the 
standpoint of knowledge of and service to 
the true God. Half the earth's population 
inhabit the continent of Asia, birthplace 
of Christ and the Christian religion, and 
yet are almost completely without Christ. 
About one-fourth of the earth's popula- 
tion live in China, with a history and 
civilization dating back five thousand 
years, and yet Christ almost unknown to 
them. Here surely is opportunity in large 
burning letters inviting Christian young 
men and women to devote their lives to 
sow the seeds of the Gospel on this fer- 
tile ground. China now possesses three 
cities each over a million in population 
— Shanghai, Hongkong and Tientsin. 
Shanghai, it is predicted by those who 
know, will soon be the largest city in the 
world. It is surrounded by a fertile val- 
ley the size of Illinois, which now nour- 
ishes a population of forty million, as 
much as in the entire central territory of 
fifteen states. A beginning has been made 
by the Salvation Army, the latest but not 
the least among the missionaries to China, 
but the field is scarcely touched and the 
need appalling. China at this period in 
her history is receptive, wants anything 
we have to offer her. Their minds are 
open and unless Christian forces rush in 
with the healing, uplifting, life-giving 
message of the Gospel, advantage will be 
taken of the opportunity by the unscru- 
pulous and exploiter and China will be- 
come corrupted by the white man's vices, 
a menace to righteousness and to the 
white race, and the "Yellow Peril" will 
be no dream or sensational headline, but 
an alarming fact. 



SERMONS WE SEE. 

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one 

any day. 
I'd rather one should walk with me than 

merely tell the way. 
The eye's better pupil and more willing 

than the ear, 
Fine counsel is confusing but example's 

always clear, 
And the best of all the preachers are the 

men who live their creeds 
For to see good put in action is what 

everybody needs. 

1 can scon learn to do if you'll let me see 
it done. 

I can watch your hands in action, but 
your tongue toe fast may run 

And the lectures you deliver may be very 
wise and true, 

But I'd rather get my lessons by observ- 
ing what you do, 

For I may misunderstand you and the 
high advice you give, 

But there's no misunderstanding how you 
act and how you live. 

When I see a deed of kindness, I am 

eager to be kind, 
When a weaker brother stumbles, and a 

strong man stays behind 
Just to see if he can help him, then the 

wish grows strong in me 
To become as big and thoughtful as I 

know that friend to be, 
And all travelers can witness that the 

best of guides today 
Is not the one who tells them but the one 

who shows the way. 

One good man teaches many, men believe 

what they behold. 
One deed of kindness noticed is worth 

forty that are told, 
Who stands with men of honor learns 

to hold his honor dear, 
For right living speaks a language which 

lo every one is clear, 
Though an able speaker charms me 'with 

his eloquence, I say. 
I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one 

any day. 

— Edgar A. Guest. 



"Small things cease to be small when 
their effects are mighty." 



May, 1923. 



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Recently two young men came to me, 
both members of the Methodist church, 
asking for light relative to the lodge. 
They were members of the Masonic lodge 
and felt a conviction growing that they 
could not be sincere workers for the Mas- 
ter and still retain their membership in 
the order. I was happy to tell them my 
stand on the matter and was able to lead 
them out into the liberty of the gospel. 
They are being persecuted for their stand, 
but their testimony is growing brighter 
and richer for the cause we love. They 
have found their way into our office and 
received literature that is helping them 
to grow strong. 

I have learned in my limited experi- 
ence that all men are not our enemies 
who are lodge members. 

I have every reason to believe there 
are many men disgusted with the work- 
ings of the lodge, but do not know the 
way out. To this class, as well as other 
classes, the National Christian Association 
stands as a beacon light to direct men in 
the right way. 

A. H. Leaman. 



"To make democracy safe in the world" 
and avoid greater darkness coming upon 
the church is to give the gospel of Christ. 

If we do not realize the great sin of 
not giving the gospel, surely our sins will 
find us out. 

Naturally the question arises within 
our mind of the reader, how can I be of 
some use to the National Christian Asso- 
ciation? Oftentimes there is a burning 
desire within the bosom of God's children 
to do some service for Him, but do not 
know how to give expression to that de- 
sire. 

It occurred to the mind of the writer 
that a few suggestions along the way 
may help someone to be used of God to 
help accomplish a great task. 

i. Prayerfully to assist and encourage 
the work of the Association in the gigan- 
tic task of distributing the truth of God's 
word, in tract form, in securing open 
doors for lecturers relative to the cause 
we represent. More than a dozen men 
would be ready to answer the call on a 
moment's notice. Occasionally glance at 
the notice on the first page of the Cyno- 
sure relative to lecturers. Then again, 
you may be able to secure new subscrib- 



ers for our paper. We are desiring to 
reach into thousands of new homes with 
our paper, giving light on the lodge prob- 
lem, and we need the closest co-operation 
from our friends in the work. 

2. To assist in supporting the work 
financially, so that our force will be 
strengthened in the work they are now 
doing and that new fields will be opened 
that are white and ready to harvest. Our 
work is unlimited in its scope and sphere 
of usefulness, but is limited in reaching 
out on account of financial backing. 

3. To help raise up young evangelists, 
pastors and a body of Christian people 
whose patience, devotions, endurance, 
love and zeal for Christ and His cause 
will be greater than the sacrifice of a man 
for his country. With such a band of 
loyal, courageous people to champion our 
cause, victory shall be ours all along the 
line. 

4. Willing to suffer persecution for the 
cause of right. Then, and then only, can 
we expect men to turn from darkness 
to light and awaken their conscience to a 
sense of righteousness, judgment and sin. 

If you write to the Editor of the Cyno- 
sure he will be glad to suggest to you 
how to be a blessing in your own com- 
munity. 

A. H. Leaman. 



PERSONAL TESTIMONY. 

The happiest moments of my life have 
been the times when I have been used of 
God in leading men to decide for Christ 
and the Christian life. 

How well I remember the time when I 
made the resolve, God helping me, to try 
to win men to Christ. I felt keenly my 
inability and weakness to do this work. 
Tt was difficult at first, but when I was 
tempted to give up, I would take it to 
God in prayer. Over and over again 
these words would stir my heart and give 
encouragement :— "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengthened me." 
— Phil. 4:13. 

I read the Bible with a new desire to 
get something definite that I could use. 
I prayed with a passion to know God's 
will and for grace to do it. When I saw 
the meaning of the cross, a "new light" 
came into my soul, which mightily helped 
me. 



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THE STATE AND OATH-BOUND LODGES— THE KU KLUX 

KLANS. 

Rev. J. M. Foster, Boston. 

(Continued from April Issue.) 



2. The oaths of the Lodge are a 
menace to public rights. Take the 
first three degrees of Masonry, the Blue 
lodge. The entered apprentice swears to 
keep the lodge secrets, on the Bible in the 
name of God, on the penalty of having 
his throat cut, his tongue torn out by the 
roots, and his body buried in the rough 
sands of the sea at low-water mark. The 
Fellow-Craft oath, besides secrecy, adds 
a promise to abide by all lodge rules, obey 
signs and summonses, assist poor Fellow- 
Crafts, etc., under penalty of having his 
breast torn open and his heart plucked 
out and exposed, to be devoured by the 
vultures of the air, etc. The Master Ma- 
son's oath adds the keeping of a brother 
Master Mason's secrets, murder and trea- 
son excepted, and they left to his own dis- 
cretion, binding him under no less a pen- 
alty than that of having his body severed 
in twain, his bowels taken out and burned 
to ashes, and the ashes scattered on the 
rough sands of the sea where the tide 
ebbs and flows twice every twenty- four 
hours. The Royal Arch degree amends 
the above thus : "Murder and treason not 
excepted." These oaths and imprecations 
increase in blasphemy and barbarity 
through all the thirty-three degrees. 

These oaths are taken either in jest or 
in earnest. If the former, they should be 
prohibited, because they tend to break 
down the sacredness of the oath. If sin- 
cerely, who is to inflict these horrid penal- 
ties? Does the lodge punish its guilty 
members thus? These oaths are danger- 
ous and disloyal, and should be pro- 
hibited. 

Bishop Potter of New York City, the 
same year of his death, made an address 
at a Masonic banquet in Philadelphia, on 
"Our Masonic Oaths." He said : "I am 
frank to say I do not like our oaths. They 
are barbaric. They were bequeathed to us 
from the Dark Ages. We ought to get 
rid of them. They are a handicap to our 
order. They bring the blush of shame to 
our faces." 

Rev. Charles G. Finney was an able 
lawyer and an unbeliever. Like many an- 



other man, he joined the lodge, thinking 
he would be helped. In God's good prov- 
idence he was converted and became a 
preacher and evangelist, an eminent soul 
winner. He was convinced that a faithful 
disciple of Christ could not be in the 
lodge. So he separated. And to warn 
young men against the snares of the lodge 
he wrote a book and printed the oaths 
and imprecations that candidates are re- 
quired to take. He became president of 
Oberlin College, Ohio, and no Mason, 
Odd Fellow or Greek letter college fra- 
ternity member was allowed in the fac- 
ulty or student body. 

3, The false religion of the Lodge 
corrupts society. The Lodge is a re- 
ligion. Mackey speaks of a Mason as 
"free from sin by living up to the rules 
of the order." "The white apron is by 
its symbolic purity to aid us to that purity 
of life and conduct which will enable us 
to present ourselves before the Grand 
Master of the universe unstained with 
sin." "Masonry consists in a knowledge 
of the great truths, that there is one God, 
and that the soul is immortal." 

The Grand Sire of the Odd Fellows, 
in consecrating their cemetery near Chi- 
cago in 1 868, said : "Our Grand Master 
will take all who are buried in this ground 
to Himself in the day when He makes up 
His jewels." 

In the lodge Pagan, Mohammedan, Jew 
and Christian unite in worship. But 
whom do they worship? Not the Chris- 
tians' God, for it is not good Masonry to 
mention the name of Christ in the first 
three degrees. The worship in which all 
join without Christ is not the worship of 
the true God. It is the worship of Satan. 
They sacrifice to devils, not to God. As 
was said of the Samaritans, whose re- 
ligion was a strange medley of the 
heathen nations with whom the King of 
Babylon colonized the land and the few 
Iraelites left after the deportation of the 
ten tribes : "They feared Jehovah and 
served graven images." 

The Tremont Temple Baptist congre- 
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temple was being rebuilt. On Easter Sab- 
bath afternoon, 1896, some 2,500 knights 
marched into the hall in full uniform. 
The Boston Christian Endeavor choir 
occupied the platform. A Sir Knight pre- 
sented the Baptist congregation with a 
lecturn, a bronze pulpit, the figure of an 
angel whose uplifted hands supported an 
open Bible, the gift of the lodge, valued at 
$1,500. Rev. George C. Lorimer, D. D., 
the pastor, accepted it on behalf of the 
congregation. Then the Endeavorers and 
knights joined in singing hymns, and the 
congregation helped them. Was that not 
a repetition of the Samaritan compromise 
in God's worship ? Dr. Lorimer was giv- 
ing one hand to Christ and the other to 
the devil. Let our government remove 
this alluring tempter, the lodge. 

4. The Lodge is the enemy of the 
home. How often a Mason spends 
$300 for his uniform, while his wife 
wears a $1.50 calico dress. A writer in 
the North American Rcviezv for May, 
1897, says: 

"For mere personal gratification, aside 
from any real or supposed benefits, the 
members of the various fraternities in the 
United States spend annually $250,000,- 
000. It would all but revolutionize a 
large section of American society if the 
w T ives and daughters of the households 
of the men who belong to these organi- 
zations should insist on their right to 
spend for their own adornment, or for 
their own personal pleasure, dollar for 
dollar spent by husband or brother for 
initiation fees, dues, uniforms and regalia, 
swords, plumes, banners and banquets." 

The moral standard of the lodge is 
shocking. Think of the Master Mason's 
oath. After the Jubula, Jubulo, Jubulum 
scenes, in which the candidate for the 
third degree has been struck in the throat 
by the first ruffian, Jubula, and on the 
left breast by the second ruffian, Jubulo, 
and in the bowels by Jubulum, the third 
ruffian, who kills him outright, and, at 
the end of fourteen days, he is raised 
from the grave, the following oath is 
administered, among others : 

"I do promise and swear that I will 
not have carnal or illicit intercourse with 
the wife, mother, daughter or sister of a 
brother of this degree, knowing her to be 



such, nor will 1 permit another brother 
of this degree to do so if in my power to 
prevent it." 

The implication of that oath smells of 
the bottomless pit. Who would allow 
that standard of morals in society ? "It is 
a shame even to speak of those things 
wdiich are done of them in secret." (Eph. 

5-12.) 

5. Secrecy is unrepublican. The 
privacy of the home is not secrecy. The 
executive session of the board of corpo- 
rators or of the legislature is not the bond 
of secrecy in the lodge, for in one case 
all is made known when the end is accom- 
plished, while in the other "it is ever con- 
cealed and never revealed." Greek letter 
fraternities are forbidden in high school, 
why not in college and universities also? 
The Republicans in Congress would not 
be allowed to form a lodge and enter into 
an oath to conceal from the other mem- 
bers what they planned, projected and 
forced through as a solid bloc. Why 
should Jesuits, Masons, Odd Fellows, 
Knights of Pythias, Mystic Shriners, 
Knights of Columbus, Grand Army of the 
Republic, American Legion, Ku-Klux- 
Klans, Elks, Moose, Eagles, Owls, 
Daughters of Rebecca, labor unions, etc., 
12,000,000 strong, enter into a solemn 
oath to conceal from the 100,000,000 citi- 
zens of the republic matters that are of 
equal concern to all the members of the 
body of the "organic people"? Such 
secret combinations are more out of place 
in the nation than the secret lodge of 
Republicans in Congress. The govern- 
ment should require open combines openly 
administered. The monasteries of un- 
married priests or monks, the convents 
of un wedded nuns, the temples and lodges 
of all secret, oath-bound orders, should 
be open to official governmental inspec- 
tion. The searchlight of publicity should 
be turned upon these chambers of dark- 
ness. The chains of the secret, oath- 
bound lodge should cease to clank upon 
the officials and citizens of this land. Our 
Blessed Lord has given us the key that 
will open the doors of this "prison of 
Chillon," that the captives may go free. 
"In secret have I said nothing; I ever 
spake openly !" Let that be the law of 
our citizenry. 



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MASONIC CHIPS. 

By B. M. Holt, 

Formerly Secretary, Pierson Lodge, A. F. 

& A. M., Barnesville, Minn. 

Grand Correspondent John Milne of 
the New Mexico Grand Lodge "strongly 
and deservedly condemns horse-play" in 
conferring Masonic degrees. (Proceed- 
ings Grand Lodge Alabama, 1920, page 
121.) 

What would our lodge friends do and 
say should the Christian church commit 
the outrages in bringing its candidates 
into membership, that the lodge does in 
bringing her people "from the pollutions 
of the outer world?" 



"We know, in a general way," says Rev. 
Carona H. Briggs, Past Grand Master of 
Missouri Grand Lodge and now a mem- 
ber of the Executive Commission of the 
Masonic Service Association of the 
United States, "that the members of the 
Boston Tea Party were Freemasons ; that 
the man that hung the lantern in the Old 
Church Tower was a Freemason ; so was 
Paul Revere; and so was General War- 
ren." (Proceedings Grand Lodge Okla- 
homa, 1920, page 91. 

And so was Benjamin M. Holt. It 
surely does seem that all great men have 
been Masons ! 



A case came up before the Grand Lodge 
of Tennessee, 1920, where a Mason "was 
charged with having illicit intercourse 
with the sister of a brother Mason. The 
defendant admitted the fact but alleged 
that she was a woman of bad character 
for chastity." (Proceedings Grand Lodge 
Albania, 1920, page 183.) 

Now here is a clear case where the 
true Masonic conception of the third de- 
gree oath comes to light. That part of 
the oath reads : "I solemnly promise and 
swear that I will not violate the chastity 
of a Master Mason's wife, mother, sister 
or daughter, knowing her to be such." 
This oath permits a Mason to carry on 
continued adultery with any Mason's fe- 
male relatives providing these women 
are not chaste ! It permits the Mason 
to cause these women to become unchaste, 
providing he pleads ignorance as to their 
Masonic relation ! It permits the adultery 
of a Master Mason with the kin of an 
Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft Ma- 



son and with all the female relatives of 
Masons other than the four specified, 
such as cousins, nieces, granddaughters, 
aunts, etc. Furthermore, it permits adul- 
tery with all women not in any way re- 
lated to a Master Mason — 

It is true that the Grand Lodge of 
Tennessee held that the unchastity of this 
Master Mason's sister was "no excuse" 
and yet the -case is one of positive proof 
that at least some Masons live up to the 
teachings of Masonic oaths. 



The Grand Lodge of Oregon (1919) 
was handed a resolution signed by nine 
Past Grand Masters, a Past Grand High 
Priest and twenty-six Master Masons, re- 
solving to change the wording in the 
ritual as to the size of the grave of King 
Hiram ; "and they buried the body in a 
grave six feet due East and W T est, and six 
feet perpendicular." These Masons wished 
to make the grave more in conformity 
with modern size and asked that these 
figures be changed to "7 feet due East 
and West, 15 feet perpendicular, and 3 
feet wide." (Proceedings Grand Lodge 
South Carolina, 19 19, page 134.) 

Now if the Masons had been thoughtful 
when Masonry began, "before the world 
was created," they would have established 
the custom, when they buried Abel, to dig 
a seven foot grave. But, being only human, 
they made this perfectly terrible mistake. 
"On placing the motion the Grand Master 
ruled that by the vote of the delegates the 
motion was lost." 

"A Masonic Orator of the Grand 
Lodge of Alabama, 19 18, at the laying of 
the cornerstone of the New Birmingham 
postofnce, "declared among other things, 
that 'Freemasonry was christened in the 
Temple of Solomon in the city of Jeru- 
salem,' that 'the coming of this order had 
been prophesied by the inspired men of 
the old Bible,' that 'Freemasonry blazed 
the trail and prepared the people for the 
coming of John the Baptist,' and that it 
preserved 'the last copy of the Bible 
(parchments) in existence and then be- 
came the forerunner of the Church of 
Christ.'' (Proceedings Grand Lodge 
.Alabama, 1920, page 190.) 

This Orator forget a few important 
things about Masonry : 

First, God made Masonry so as to give 
Him a place to stand; then He. iriSide 



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heaven and earth. Then He took His foot 
off from Masonry and enclosed it in its 
Jurisdiction of time; He bordered it on 
the East by the Judgment Day; on the 
South by the breath of Noah ; on the West 
by the smiles of the moon ; and on the 
North by the blue sky. "Brethren," look 
to the East ! 



Here is a sample of Masonic interpre- 
tation of Scripture: 

" To them that hath shall be given.' 
At the March Quarterly [meeting of the 
Grand Eodge of Pennsylvania] it was an- 
nounced that Brother W. M. Donaldson 
had donated to the Grand Lodge a tract 
of ten acres of land adjoining the Ma- 
sonic Homes at Elizabethtown, and that 
Brother J. Warren Hale had donated 
$10,000 to the Grand Lodge, the income 
to be applied to the planting and care of 
trees, decorative shrubbery and flowers at 
said Masonic Homes." (Proceedings 
Grand Lodge South Carolina, 1919, page 

J 35-) 

What interests me greatly is this : What 
attitude does Masonry take when it ar- 
rives at the passage : "From him that hath 
not, from him shall be taken also that 
which he seemeth to have ?" 



"The Worthy Matron of the Eastern 
Star last year, at Hugo (Oklahoma) was 
a Catholic." (Proceedings Grand Lodge 
Oklahoma, 1920, page 264.) 

And the Grand Chaplain of the Grand 
Lodge of New York (1919) was a Lu- 
theran minister. 

Some couple, I say. 



The Grand Master of Rhode Island, 
Grand Lodge (1918) decided that a man 
"whose right leg had been amputated 
below the knee," could be made a Mason 
"on the ground that he possessed 'the 
proper internal qualifications.' ' ; ( Pro- 
ceedings Grand Lodge South Carolina, 
1919, page 138.) 

In commenting upon this ("internal") 
decision, Thomas F. Penman, Correspond- 
ent for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania 
(1918) says: 

"We wonder if the X-ray was used 
on him ?" 

At the 19 1 9 Grand Lodge Communi- 
cation of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, 



( Irand Master S. C. Brown "mentioned 
three cases of peculiar hardship. A 
Brother (a country doctor) who had been 
for sixty-five years a member of a Lodge 
in good standing dimitted through inabil- 
ity to pay dues; (2) a Brother became 
insane and was dropped for non-payment 
of dues; (3) a permanently disabled 
Brother was dropped for non-payment of 
dues. These three Brethren died in pov- 
erty." (Proceedings Grand Lodge South 
Carolina, 1919, page 153.) 

Right here I ask the permission to ad- 
minister a small (partial) close of Ma- 
sonry's own medicine : "We cannot follow 
our own wayward wills, and then cry, 
"Lord, forgive me, I believe!" "Faith 
cannot rescue and no blood redeem a soul 
that will not reason and resolve." (Pro- 
ceedings Grand Lodge Iowa, 1920, page 

1750 

"These three Brethren died in pov- 
erty." They learned that reasoning and 
resolving in the crisis failed them just as 
truly as .did their Masonic brethren. 

Who ever heard of the church throw- 
ing out old and disabled members because 
they could not pay dues? And yet some 
tell us that the lodge is as good as the 
church. 



Benjamin B. French Lodge No. IS, A, 
F. & A. M., Washington, D. C, had, on 
xApril 7th, 192 1, twenty-three pastors in 
its membership. Eight of these were 
Methodists, five Baptists, five Presby- 
terian, one Christian, one Congregation- 
alist, one Reformed, one Universalist and 
one Hebrew. (From a letter dated April 
7th,' 192 1, by P. B. Cromelin, Secretary of 
said lodge.) 



At the 19 1 8 Annual Communication of 
the Grand Lodge of Washington, "Five 
hundred dollars was appropriated for the 
'feast of reason and the flow of soul.' ' : 
(Proceedings Grand Lodge South Caro- 
lina, 1919, age 171.) 

In these days of prohibition, with whis- 
key selling at $20 per quart, $500 won't 
buy much for the "flow of soul." 

Now we often notice the extreme re- 
spect that some Masons display for the 
Bible. To hear some of our learned Ma- 
sons talk one would believe they wor- 
shiped the very sight of the Bible. (Many 



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of them really do love the looks of the 
Bible ; but seem afraid of its contents. To 
show with what insincerity of mind and 
disrespect Masonry looks upon the Holy 
Word of God, we may take for example 
an extract from the report of Past Grand 
Master Aldro Jenks, Grand Correspond- 
ent for the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin : 

; 'We read in the book of Numbers that 
Moses took Aaron's rod, which was al- 
mond wood, and put it in the Tabernacle 
over night, and when he brought it forth 
in the morning it had budded and then 
blossomed and brought forth fruit in a 
single day. The record does not state, but 
we have no doubt that Moses and Aaron 
had blanched and salted almonds from it 
for dinner that day. Now it occurs to us 
that any old duffer who was so full of 
virility that the dry rod he had leaned on 
would burst into blossom and fruit at his 
touch would be able to produce a crop 
of whiskers that would be remarkable. No 
doubt the beard was a whopper." (Pro- 
ceedings Grand Lodge South Carolina, 
1919, page 177-8.) 



EXPLORING MADE EASY. 

When work begins in exploring the 
dust-buried city of Ur, ancestral home of 
the patriarch Abraham, by a joint expe- 
dition of the British Museum and the 
University of Pennsylvania Museum, the 
archaeologists will have to contend with 
few of the extraordinary difficulties which 
hitherto have hampered work of the sort 
in southern Mesopotamia, says the New 
York American. 

That country is now under a British 
mandate. Hence the first difficulty — that 
of sharing the best of the discoveries with 
the museum in Constantinople — is re- 
moved. Then, before the war virtually 
everything had to be done by hand. The 
expedition now on its way will be the 
first to utilize a complete modern me- 
chanical equipment. 

Streets once thronged with men and 
women, silent now and buried for 3,000 
years, will echo the roar of locomotives 
and motor trucks. A military railway 
and motor trucks have been provided to 
maintain communication with headquar- 
ters of the expedition, which will be at 
Bagdad.. 



A MESSAGE FROM EGYPT. 

The recent discovery in Egypt of the 
tomb of the Emperor Tut- Ankh- Amen 
emphasizes again the significant, though 
often forgotten fact, that advanced as we 
think our present civilization, and secure 
as we deem the institutions of today, peo- 
ples of the past reached what must have 
appeared to them places equally secure — 
but their greatness has vanished. 

Who likes to think that in their bodies 
are the elements of decay? What are the 
conditions of survival? They are not 
alone the preservation of the present — 
that gives us only a mummy ? Constant 
renewal is the secret of long life. 

Renewal that preserves intact the pow- 
ers of men or nations must be of spirit 
as well as of physique. There is only 
one w r ay by which the peoples of today 
may escape the fate of forgotten peoples 
of the past — it is by taking that of Him 
who said, "I am the Way, the Truth and 
the Life." It is only so far as the nation 
is Christian in ideal and in practice, that 
it accepts and acts upon the teachings, 
possesses the spirit and is renewed in 
Christ, that it may expect to survive the 
disintegrating effects of the death that 
history, as well as revelation, so unmis- 
takably declares is in the world. 



PRAYER AND POWER. 

By Bishop Walter Lambuth. 

Has the Church its pristine power in 
prayer? If not, why not? 

On the foreign field the missionary 
Church seems to have the power, but at 
home they seem to have lost the art and 
power of prayer. 

What weakens prayer life and saps 
power? 

1. Haste, that leads to neglect of prayer 
life. 

2. Preoccupation. We are often too 
busy with the work of God to seek the 
power of God. 

3. Adherence to the letter of the law 
and loss of the dynamic of love. 

4. Decay of faith. There must be a 
daring faith if we would command the 
resources of God. 

We should earnestly pray: 

1. That God may be made more real 
to us. 

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blunted by sin and tragedy on the one 
hand, or by abounding grace on the other. 

3. That the Church may be aroused to 
measure up to the extraordinary demands 
upon her. "Pray ye the Lord of the har- 
vest." 

4. That faith may be given us to ex- 
plore the regions of grace and to discover 
the fullness of Christ. 



ASSURANCE OF SALVATION. 

A man who had truly repented and ac- 
cepted Christ, said, "How may I know I 
am a Christian?" When his attention 
was directed to the words "Shall be 
saved/' in this verse, and to the fact that 
it is God's word, God's promise, he an-' 
swered, "O, I see, if I take God at His 
zvord, I surely am saved:' Saved : a 
precious soul — of more value than the 
whole world. Saved : to a life of victory 
over sin and joy in service. Saved: for 
Christ and eternity. 

Have you entered the Christian Life? 
Have you entered but withheld from God, 
a complete consecration of your life? 

"When I survey the wondrous cross 
On which the Prince of glory died, 
My richest gain I count but loss, 
And pour contempt on all my pride." 

"Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast 
Save in the death of Christ my God ! 
All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood." 

"Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
That were an off'ring far too small ; 
Love so amazing, so divine, 
Demands my soul, my life, my all!" 



Mtm from Worker* 



Greenville, Ohio, April 1st, 1923. 
To whom it may concern : 

For about twenty years I have had 
placed in the hands of the National 
Christian Association some of my 
funds upon which I placed an annuity. 
Ten years ago I placed an additonal 
sum in their hands, upon which I have 
also been receiving an annuity. All of 
my. experience with this Association, 
along this line, have been satisfactory 
to me. Yours truly, 

I. J. Rosenberger. 



LIFE ANNUITY BONDS. 

If you are living on your income and will 
in all likelihood never need to spend the 
principal, why not make a perfectly safe 
investment at a fair rate of interest by 
taking a Life Annuity Bond? You will 
receive the interest as long as you live and 
the Nat'onal Christian Association will have 
the use of the money at once. 
Write to Secretary Wm. I. Phillips, 850 
W. Madison Street, Chicago, 111. He will 
expla'n the plan to you. 



CONTRIBUTIONS. 

J. M. Heywood, $10; Louis Joh, $5; 
J. O. Walgren, $5 ; Mrs. Sara R. Daw- 
son, $5; Paul B. Phillips, $10; Rev. A. 
H. Malcolm, $10; Rev. John D. Butting, 
$3.50; Rev. J. W. Whiteside, $1; Mrs. 
Lizzie Woods Roberson, $3.50 ; Mrs. Ida 
Baker, $1.50; Rev. C. O. Gronlund, 50c; 
Osker Bittner, 50c; J. Swank, 50c; Rev. 
C. G. Fait, $5; Dr. S. A. Walton, $1 ; 
W. C. Birkner, $1.50; Rev. B. E. Berge- 
sen, $2; Mrs. E. D. Taggart, 50c; Chas. 
E. Nash, $2; Wm. E. Shaw, $1.12; G. 
A. Pegram, $3; a friend in Kansas, $10; 
E. E. Allen, $1.50; Mrs. L. W. Rober- 
son, $2; Rev. J. Appel, $1.50; Mr. anc? 
Mrs. Carl Ebeling, $25 ; J. Dwarshius, 
$4; C. F. Minneman, $1.50; S. G. Cor? 
ner, $3 ; Mrs. Martha Nicoll, $1.50; T. ;, 
Saufley, $10; Evangelist V. Burton, 6$z, 
Rev. C. G. Sterling, $5 ; Rev. Samuel 
Fopma, $5; Mrs. B. F. Hester, $5; Rev. 
A. P. Meyer, 50c; Rev. O. Hoyer, $1.50; 
C. Brondyke, $1.50; James Pikaart, 
$3.50 ; Mrs. J. Thomson, $5 ; L. L. Heath, 
$100; Mrs. Hedda Worcester, $2; A. J. 
Smith, $3; Mrs. C. A. Johnson, $2.50; 
J. C. Berg, $25 ; a friend in Illinois, $5 ; 
John Holman, $22 ; P. Woodring, $2 ; 
Dr. John Ball, $2 ; Samuel Kellogg, 
$3.50; Mrs. W. C. Brown, $25; J. A. 
Cummings, $1. 



From the following Christian Re- 
formed Churches we. have received : 
Kanawah, Iowa, $10 ; Broadway Ave., 
Grand Rapids, $74.77; Classis, Illinois, 
$71 ; per Rev. J. J. Stiegenga, Sioux 
Falls, Iowa, $5 ; Ladies' Aid Society, Fal- 
mouth, Mich., $5 ; Wyoming Park, 
$13.38; Kalamazoo II, $25; Rehoboth, 
New Mexico, $2.50; 12th St. Grand Rap- 
ids, $45.70; Neeland Avenue, Grand 
Rapids, 85c ; Classis, Illinois, $41.52 ; Fre- 
mont II, $15; Maple Avenue, Holland, 
$29.44; !4 tn St., Holland, $36.99; Pros- 



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pect Park, Paterson, $10; Paterson J, 
$10 ; West Sayville, $3; Oakland, Mich., 
Sunday School, $21.31 ; Oakland, $17.92 ; 
Overisel, $10; Sherman St., Grand Rap- 
ids, 50c; South Olive, Holland, $10; Red- 
lands, Calif., $16.58; Comstoek, Mich., 
$10; Alpine Ave., $38.02; Cassis 'Pacific, 
$60.70; 16th St., Holland, $25.60; Pater- 
son I, $33.40; Zeeland III, $14; Zeeland 
II, $7.55; Allendale, Mich,, $17.89. 



fight the good fight of faith so that in the 
end we may obtain the victory." 



From the following Lutheran Church- 
es : Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 
Rev. E. J. Eggold, pastor, $22.58; Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church, Essex, Iowa, $6.60. 



We have also received from : Estate 
John B. Cur ray, $25 ; College Church of 
Christ, Wheaton, 111., $161.50, and Iowa 
State Christian Association, $30.00. 



Contributions to W. B. Stoddard, 
Eastern Secretary : Christian Reformed 
Churches, North Side, $15; Prospect 
Street, Passaic, N. J., $25 ; Madison Ave- 
nue, $5 and $2; Bethel, $10.37; Sixth 
Holland Reformed, $15; Fourth, $15; 
Prospect Park, Paterson, N. J., $6; Lodi, 
N. J., $10; also Lutheran, Alexandria, 
Va., $5.25 ; Walther League, Pittsburgh, 
$6; Church of the Brethren, Mt. Pleas- 
ant, Pa., $2.95 ; Near Pottstown, Pa., $3 ; 
Bible School Stahl Mennonite, $5.40 ; 
United Zion Church, Elizabethtown, 
$10.43 I Reformed Presbyterian, Orlando, 
Fla., $5.40; also Free Methodist Church- 
es at Lakeland, Fla., $3 ; Newark, N. J., 
$11.07; Clinton, Mass., $7.66; also Luth- 
eran Churches at Philadelphia (Marteni), 
$5; Covert St., Brooklyn, N. Y., $10; 
Roxbury, Mass., $25 ; Norwegian, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., $25.30; also Free Gospel 
Church, Corona, L. I., $10. And from 
J. H. Hoffman, $3.50; J. W. Hoffer, 
$3-5°. 

W. I. Phillips. Treasurer. 



LETTERS FROM FRIENDS. 

A Lutheran minister in Nebraska 
writes: "'Hie Christian' Cynosure is 
certainly a wonderful magazine, and is to 
be admired for the stand it takes relative 
to secret soeieties which are more and 
more becoming a menace to our beloved 
country. May God grant us strength to 



A friend and minister in Minnesota 
writes, w r hen renewing his subscription to 
the Cynosure : "Permit me to say that I 
am very much pleased with the Cyno- 
sure. In my opinion it is getting better 
right along. I simply feel that it is a 
great help to me in my work as it keeps 
me informed on a subject that I other- 
wise would be left in the dark about. 
W nerever I go I find the conditions sim- 
ilar with reference to the lodge question. 
In this town we have over a dozen lodges. 
I am doing all I can to keep the people 
informed, but as the evil has gotten such 
a start, one must go about the work with 
considerable care. It really looks as if we 
were to be entirely swallowed up by the 
secret empire ; but maybe it is the dense 
darkness that prevails just before dawn. 
I am confident that the horrible unbelief 
that runs rampant among many of the 
prominent churches of today is a direct 
fruit of this heathen system." 



David E. Anderson, an evangelist of 
the Swedish Baptist Church body, writes : 

"Grace and peace ! I thank you very 
much for the books dealing with the 
important subject of lodges, presented by 
you to me on but one condition, that of 
giving my opinion of the same books in 
a written form. I gladly do so. 

"So far, I have but glanced through 
the books hastily. They wall be used as 
reference books whenever I speak or at 
at least mention the subject of lodges. 
The reading of this literature has made 
the subject to me more serious than ever. 
Humanly speaking, I would like to say: 
'The lodges are not as bad as the" books 
and pamphlets have shown them to be.' 
But your evidence is not to be contra- 
dicted or made void. Also the question 
arises of how can so many of the Chris- 
tian faith, and especially among the min- 
istry, be so deluded in this matter? 

"I thank God that I have never been 
snared therein. Furthermore, I rejoice 
that our Swedish Baptist ministers as a 
whole are against the lodges. But we look 
with sadness into the future, as we see 
more and more of our members either 
drawn or swept into the lodge life. 

"God helping me, I will seek to be true 



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to the light I have on this subject. Though 
I will seek by the grace of God to lov- 
ingly and tactfully deal with my fellow 
men on this question, both in preaching 
as well as in conversation, yet I hope to 
speak forth with no uncertain note. May 
God bless you in this branch of His king- 
dom's work. You have my prayers. You 
are on the side of the truth, and we can 
do nothing against the truth, but for the 
truth. The truth shall prevail." 



A new subscriber in Ohio wrote re- 
cently: "Thank you for the sample copy 
of the Cynosure. It surely is the only 
Christian paper I have ever read that will 
dare to go up against the secret order 
evil. I thank God for your courage. Se- 
cret orders are surely a curse to our com- 
munity. We are surrounded by them, 
and I hope I can get more people inter- 
ested in your magazine." 



One of our old Illinois subscribers 
writes : "I am planning to leave "old 
bloody Williamson"— the county that has 
forgotten God. It is the Devil's home- 
stead where the borders of hell have been 
enlarged and the broad way has been 
resurveyed by unionized murders and 
highway robbers. An investigation now 
going on reveals to date fifteen different 
secret societies identified with the Herrin 
trial. Falsehood and perjury are virtues 
with them. Talk about wire entangle- 
ments on the battlefields of France ; it 
does not begin to compare with the 
honeycomb influence of secret societies 
manifested in the Herrin massacre trial 
which has been in progress at Marion, 
Illinois, for the last three months. The 
whole precedure is a travesty upon justice. 



There is no halfway ground between 
Heaven and Hell. There is no midway 
station for the Saints of God, the Holy 
people, the sanctified (I Jno. 3:1). The 
Holy Spirit said : ''Behold what manner 
of love the Father hath bestowed upon 
us that we should be called the Sons of 
God. Therefore, the world knoweth us 
not, because it knew Him not." We, as 
saints of God, are a separate people, and 
Paul in speaking to us about those that 
follow Satan (II Cor. 11:13) calls them 
false apostles, deceitful workers, trans- 
forming themselves into the Apostles of 



Christ. And he says further: "It is no 
marvel for the Devil himself is trans- 
formed into an angel of light. Therefore, 
it is no great thing if his ministers also 
are transformed into ministers of 
righteousness, but whose end shall be ac- 
cording to their works." 

If preachers believe the statement of 
the Lord Jesus Christ: (Matt. 6:24) "No 
man can serve two Masters," and yet will 
take part in lodge funeral services, they 
prove themselves deceivers, and as those 
who are trying to serve two Masters. 

.It is a fact that this Evil Spirit is so 
strong in the land today that, if possible, 
"he will then deceive the very elect." But 
thanks be to God that there are those min- 
isters of Christ, "salt of the earth" who 
will not give away to this spirit of com- 
promise. J. T. Cullor. 
Winterhaven, Fla., March 11, 1923. 



EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

BY W. B. STODDARD. 

New York, March 14th, 1923. 
Again my report is from the great 
metropolis. The millions serge in cease- 
less activity. All are going somewhere? 
My trip to Florida was blessed of God 
in enlightenment of some. Sixty-two 
subscriptions (largely new ones) were se- 
cured for the Cynosure and a first hand 
incite into conditions new was made. I 
saw the "old time" cracker in his se- 
cluded home in the woods. No introduc- 
tion was needed ; any one would know 
him. His life was written all over his 
face. Around his home were the rem- 
nants of animals that had died from want 
of proper care. He had no newspaper, 
it would be of no value to him. He 
knew little of the world at large but had 
a world of his own. The "Night Riders" 
and darkness loving Klans would find 
him a willing follower. But thank the 
Lord some of his children will live bet- 
ter. New roads have come through the 
woods and with them new home makers : 
churches and schools are being erected. 
The Cracker's children see the procession 
of automobiles coming down the Pike 
and thus learn there is something doing 
in the outside world. I found a "Bethel" 
church of the Brethren standing by itself 
some three miles from Doctor's Inlet, 
Florida. Old Brother Crist and his faith- 
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have drawn to their aid quite a force 
of Northern people who seek the ad- 
vantage of the delightful winter climate 
and are holding forth the truth as it is in 
Jesus Christ. Opportunity was afforded 
for my message and good brother Can- 
used his car and made possible what I 
accomplished in that part of the woods. 
Brother Crist, always was a willing help- 
er, but his mule was too slow for my 
purpose. 

I found St. Petersburg in many re- 
spects a wonderful town. It is built for 
northern tourists. They are always wel- 
come and delightfully accommodated. Es- 
pecially those who have money. While 
there I could have accommodation for 
$3.50 per night. I found good friends 
who gave me the best of care for one 
dollar per night. The Free Methodist 
prayer meeting was largely attended 
though I was told more were usually 
present. Your representative was made 
most welcome and given the most of the 
evening for his anti-lodge presentation. 
With our ex-president of the N. C. A., 
Bishop Warner, and the pastor with 
whom I have had acquaintance for years 
I quite naturally felt right at home. Too 
many northern acquaintances were found 
here to begin to mention names. A lot 
has been secured and a new church is 
projected for the Free Methodist people 
here in the near future. 

I was told large harvests were to be 
reaped from money sowing in realty in 
this city. Some reader may wish to give 
this good church a lift by a contribution. 
Send your check to A. L. Wallace, 458 
Seventh avenue, So. St. Petersburg, 
Florida. The Lakeland, Free Methodist 
people were kind to me. I was privileged 
to worship with them anci bring the Gos- 
pel and anti-lodge message which was 
generally indorsed. God bless the faith- 
ful at Lakeland. Some %){ our good 
Lutheran friends at Tampa and Lakeland 
will read the Cynosure hereafter. My 
visit at Green Cove Springs, Florida, was 
a discovery. I found there those, whom 
I had met in the North, getting help by 
drinking the warm water that comes 
rolling out through the rocks from a great 
depth and in great volume. Green Cove 
Springs is about thirty miles from Jack- 
sonville, and is reached via rail or boat. 
At Jacksonville I visited the alligator 



farm and saw T crocodiles said to be eight 
hundred or more years of age. The guide 
explained the difference between the 
crocodile and alligator was seen in their 
bites. I sampled neither and so am not a 
judge in the matter. I suppose there 
would be about the same difference be- 
tween them as between the Moose and 
Elk lodges. The reason so many 
animals die in the woods was because 
they collect at certain seasons of the 
year, certain blood sucking insects that 
cling as long as there is blood to suck. 
Only the strongest animals can survive. 
I thought that's just the way the lodges 
attach themselves to the church ! They 
want the good it has to sustain their sin- 
ful organism. A few hours' ride on the 
limited brought me from the orange 
groves and flowers of the Southland 

In sending report for the month passed 
I am reminded that I must be brief, as 
this is to be added to that which did not 
appear last month. 

As heretofore, I found much pleasure 
in holding meetings and visiting friends 
in the New York, New Jersey district. A 
conference of Missouri Lutheran pastors 
kindly gave me the time which was to be 
taken by one of their number who failed 
to be present. Questions and discussions 
showed much interest. 

I was given a good hearing at the 
Swedish Congregational Church, Corona, 
L. I., N. Y. There was an unusually 
large gathering of the men at Bethel 
Christian Reformed Church (a new or- 
ganization of Paterson, N. J.) to join 
your agent in the anti-lodge discussion. 
They made a generous contribution in aid 
of our work. The Sixth Holland Re- 
formed Church also remembered us in 
kindly contribution. The Hope Avenue 
Christian Reformed Church of Passaic, 
N. J., are happy in the coming of their 
new "Pomine" Monsma. It was my priv- 
ilege to respond to his invitation and ad- 
dress a joint meeting of the young ladies 
and gentlemen societies connected with 
that church. The attendance showed a 
live interest. 

At Washington, D. C, I listened to an 
unusually able sermon preached by our 
good friend, Rev. G. E. Lenski of the 
Lutheran church. His church stands 
with us in opposing the lodge. In the 
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Oakton, Virginia, T responded to the in- 
vitation to preach the Easter sermon, and 
used the opportunity to speak of the lodge 
treatment of our risen Lord. 

I am now headed for Chicago and have 
spent the past week filling appointments 
and gathering subscriptions through the 
Ohio district. My first stop after leaving 
Pittsburgh, Pa., was New Concord, Ohio. 
As usual, I found anti-secret sentiment at 
the United Presybyterian College there. 
The lodges are at work and are securing 
members. A Masonic lodge was but re- 
cently started in this town, much to the 
sorrow of those acquainted with its per- 
nicious doctrine. Stops were made at 
Zanesville, Columbus and Xenia, Ohio, 
with good results. 

Last Sabbath was spent with the East 
Side Church of the Brethren at Dayton, 
Ohio. At the request of the pastor, I 
gave anti-lodge truth at both morning and 
evening services. There was much to 
cheer in the interest manifest. A request 
for a convention or other meetings on 
this line is here made. The celebrated 
aviator, our good friend Orville Wright, 
manifested a continued interest in our 
work. He declares that "Secret societies 
should have no place under a democratic 
form of government." Surely those un- 
der special obligation to the few are un- 
fitted to govern the whole. 

At Richmond, Ind., a pastor told of a 
recent experience with a K. K. K. or- 
ganizer. A member asked that he go to 
a "patriotic meeting." He found him- 
self in a room with several men. The 
organizer asked each if they were Catho- 
lic or Jew, and gave quite a talk. When 
asked what was the name of the organiza- 
tion, he evaded an answer until the third 
time, when he acknowledged it was the 
K. K. K.'s. The minister asked his mem- 
ber if he had heard enough. If so, they 
would go. When they started for the 
door the organizer told them they were 
not to leave. The pastor in very forceful 
language called his attention to the fact 
that this was America and his attempted 
coercion would not work. If he did not 
let them out the door he would take the 
consequences. 

At Berne, Ind., they told me a cross 
had recently been burned near the Men- 
nonite church by people who left as mys- 
teriously as they came, supposedly by the 



K. K. K.'s. The astonished people were 
given no reason for this folly. Since 
coming to this city I met a man, calling 
himself a Christian minister, who sought 
to justify the K. K. K.'s organization on 
the ground that the Catholics and Jews 
had their secret societies. The Jews, he 
said, were five per cent of our population, 
and yet they had ninety per cent of our 
money. He, of course, did not have much 
money, and is not likely to get much un- 
less he gets better judgment. I was glad 
while in Berne, Ind., to address those who 
gathered for a prayer meeting in the 
Missionary church. The larger number 
were young people. The young ladies of 
this church take delight in their regular 
prayer meetings. 

Lectures are requested for Ft. Wayne 
and Decatur, Ind., to which, God willing, 
I shall respond. It seems best that I go to 
Huntington and Indianapolis, Ind., before 
helping in Chicago work. Spring ad- 
vances slowly, but God's promise is for 
seedtime and harvest, so we rejoice in 
future expectation. 



Our Eastern Secretary recently made a 
visit to the headquarters of the American 
Luther League at Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
He found them actively pushing their 
work in opposing the secret lodge system. 
They recognize in this system the great 
enemy of the Christian school. The Ku- 
Klux-Klan claim to be Christian as well 
as patriotic, but antagonize both Chris- 
tianity and the government. From the 
Masons to the Ku-Klux-Klan there is 
continued warfare on Christian educa- 
tion. Christianity and oathbound secrecy 
can not work together. The manuscript 
for a pamphlet setting forth these facts 
has been prepared by the well-known 
writer, Rev. Mr. Dau of St. Louis, and 
is soon to appear. Those wishing it 
should address the American Luther 
League, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 



Knock and it shall be opened unto 
you. Matt. vii. 7. 



My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Cor. 



xn. o. 



Now, therefore, go, and I will be with 
thy mouth to teach thee. Ex. iv. 12. 



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LIZZIE WOODS' LETTER. 

Dear Cynosure : 

I do not have as much opposition now 
as I used to have; it is only from a few 
foolish ones who do not think. Honest- 
hearted, thinking men and women are 
getting their eyes open. They are begin- 
ning to see that the work of Satan in his 
secret lodge churches will even get good 
men into trouble. 

I went from Marianna, Arkansas, to 
Brinkley, my old home. The white moth- 
ers in Brinkley are very much stirred up 
over the awful crimes of the Ku Klux 
Klan in Northern Louisiana. One little 
white lady told me that he/ boy is only 
eighteen years old and has been made a 
Mason and a member of the Ku Klux 
Klan. She said, "He went into both with- 
out letting me know." 

I asked her how she found it out. She 
replied, "I saw his books and papers in 
his trunk. Aunt Lizzie, when I saw that 
my boy was a Ku Klux Klan member and 
a Mason, I almost fainted. Think of the 
crime in Northern Louisiana, and then 
think of my poor, little eighteen-year-old 
boy belonging to that awful secret order." 

I was sorry for the little lady, and we 
both cried over it together. She asked me 
to pray that God would deliver her boy 
out of these snares of Satan. I was born 
and raised in the South, and when I visit 
my old home I go to see the white women 
I used to work for, both Jews and Gen- 
tiles, and like women will, regardless of 
color, we sit together alone and talk of 
these troublesome times. We each see 
how our white boys and black boys are 
alike carried captive into committing these 
awful crimes. 

We know that strikes and the conspira- 
cies of the Ku Klux and of the Knights 
of Columbus and all the other things are 
planned in some secret lodge hall. Poor 
mothers ! Your boys are allured into these 
dark, closed, curtained places and are 
sworn to do they know not what, nor 
what will be the end until they are called 
out to commit some depredation or crime 
— and if he is true to his oath he will 
have to help do what neither he nor any 
one else, except a heathen, would have 
thought of doing. Think of it! Most of 
these people are church members, and 
some arc priests and preachers. 

I left Brinkley, Arkansas, for Jackson- 



ville, Florida. I received the N. C. A. 
tracts there in time to distribute them. 
One colored man, a high Mason, said, 
"Madam, you are all right in teaching the 
sin of these secret orders." I said to him, 
"Does your order protect you against your 
white brother Mason? Don't you swear 
that you will protect a brother that comes 
within touch of your cable-tow ?" He re- 
plied, "Yes." 

"Does that keep your white brother, I 
ask, from killing you, or you from killing 
him? No, he will take his cable-tow and 
hang you to a limb with it. Look at the 
trouble near Helena, Arkansas. That oc- 
curred in a secret society, meeting in a 
church. Don't you think it would have 
been better if it had been a prayer meet- 
ing, or some kind of service in honor of 
our Lord? If it had been, it would not 
have been necessary to have had an outer 
guard. Then when the white men came, 
they would have gone in to the prayer 
meeting, and seen what was going on, and 
that would have been the end of it, but 
the poor lodge tiler at the door did not 
know any better than to kill any intruder. 
That was in accordance with his oath." 

This colored man and high Mason said, 
"Lady, I have never been a member of 
any church, and I believe that if the 
preachers and members of the church 
would stay out of these lodges, we would 
have a better country." 

I left Jacksonville, Florida, for St. Au- 
gustine, and stayed a few days. I gave 
organized secrecy such a rap last Sunday 
night that some of the members had to go 
out and cool off. I said to the people, "I 
am going to tell you the truth tonight if 
it kills you, and me, too" ; the men 
laughed at first — you know the most of 
them think a woman is a child or foolish 
— but when I took the Word of God and 
showed them from It the different sins 
that are damning the human race some of 
them got up and backed out of the door. I 
said to them as they were going out: "As 
fast as you get your cart loaded, back 
out." Then I told them what were some 
of the oaths that these Masons swear to, 
and some of those men who were present 
buzzed like bees in a hive when they are 
going to swarm. I left yesterday, and I 
guess the swarm is about settled by this 
time. At tlie close of that meeting four 
came up for prayer; then gave up, and 



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took Jesus for their personal Saviour. 

God bless the readers of the Cynosure 
and the officers of the N. C. A. I ask 
the prayers of all, for my health is break- 
ing down, but I am going to wear out in 
the army of the Lord. Some day I will 
step off the stage of action, as did recently 
brother George Anderson of Philadelphia, 
and go to live with my Saviour. I do not 
want to rust out, but I do desire to do the 
will of my Heavenly Father. 

This is my verse to all the readers : 
"Wherefore girding up the loins of your 
mind, be sober and set your hope per- 
fectly on the grace that is being brought 
unto you at the Revelation of Jesus 
Christ. * * * as He who called you is 
holy ; be ye yourselves also holy in all 
manner of living" (I Pet. 1:13, 15). 



Jacksonville, Fla., April 10, 1923. 
This writing leaves me in Florida, 
where I have been laboring as far south 
on the eastern coast as Miami. I stopped 
at St. Augustine and Hastings, Florida, 
for three nights at each place and then 
went to Daytona. There I met a lot of 
opposition but I drove furiously against 
the Secret Empire. Two men in the rear 
of the tent got mad enough to fight but I 
told them if the secret societies are al- 
lowed to go on all the boys and girls 
will be captured in these God rejecting 
lodges. I said all the old heathen devilry 
that can be thought you lodge men are 
practicing and what makes it worse you 
steal from God's Word and put it into 
your ritual. Then the people who have 
no knowledge of the Word of God jump 
into the lodge thinking that it is good 
because they say you use the Bible. The 
Masons ought to know that Jubela, Jube- 
lo, Jubelum is not in the Bible ; the Shrin- 
ers know there is no bunghole degree in 
God's Bible, and you seven degree Ma- 
sons never saw in God's Bible where you 
are taught to have your skull smote off 
and your brains exposed to the scorching 
rays of the meridian sun. Jesus said in 
Math. 5 136, "Neither shalt thou swear by 
thy head, for thou canst not make one 
hair white or black." Then we read in the 
27th verse — I always have some one read 
it so they will not think it my theory — 
"Let your communication be yea, yea ; 
nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than 
these cometh of evil." I said, Is. that true? 
Some said, "Amen," others gnashed their 



teeth they were so mad. I said, You Ma- 
sons want the Ku Klux Klan secret work 
broken up but you are just as bad and 
might as well check your baggage for 
Hell. Anybody who beats and lynches 
and burns human beings will go to hell 
where all murderers go. 

One man in the audience whose hair 
was white as frost got so mad he said, I 
am sorry that woman exposed Masonry, 
for we "made" one of the men that heard 
her talk and it was all we could do to get 
him in. Now I am afraid he will leave. 
But his fear soon left him when the new 
member got mad, too, and said I ought 
to be killed. So you see he had got that 
much of the lodge heathenism in him to 
want to kill me for telling the truth, for 
that is exactly what heathens do. If you 
Masons are not hoodwinked now your 
spiritual eyes at least are blindfolded to 
righteousness. 

One man came to me after the service 
and said, "If you were not a woman I 
would say you had been a Mason. You 
have told everything so straight. I am a 
Mason and belong to the Methodist 
church. I have always loved Jesus and I 
can see now that the lodge is not an or- 
ganization for Christian people. I know 
the Lord sent you to show us the true 
way to salvation." The other poor fool- 
ishly newly made man who was mad 
enough to fight was sitting right in front 
of this Methodist when we were talking. 
He was so black he could not turn red, 
so he got ashey in the face, and though 'he 
was an intelligent looking man, yet he 
was foolish enough to get mad about his 
secrets being brought to light. 

I told the people at the evening service 
that every secret work of the devil was 
being exposed right now just as God said 
it would be in Ecclesiastes 12:14, "For 
God will bring every work into judgment 
with every secret thing, wdiether it be 
good or whether it be evil." A man said 
to me, "Sister Roberson, why don't the 
preachers show the people the right way 
and expose all this secret work of the 
Devil ?" I said most of the preachers are 
in sin themselves and so they cannot cast 
a stone at the other fellow. I said God 
needs holy ministers who are baptized 
with the Holy Ghost. 

I shall write more about my trip in the 
land of God's beautiful flowers. 

MRS. L. W. ROBERSON. 






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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

—Acts 4:12 


CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 


Jesus answered 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 





PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. 

Henry Ford and W. G. McAdoo, two 
prominent candidates for the presidency, 
are Freemasons, according to the Masonic 
Fellowship Forum, of Washington, D. C, 
March 31, 1923, Vol. II, No. 41, p. 4. 



FOR THE ELECT! 

Scottish Rite Masons of Arizona have 
established a clubhouse for young men at 
the State University located at Tucson. 
It is the intention of these same bodies 
to erect a large clubhouse or dormitory 
for the sisters or daughters of Masons in 
attendance at the university as soon as 
this for the young men is completed. — 
National Trestle Board, March, 1923. 



FASCISTI BAR MASONS. 

Rome, Italy, Feb. 13. — The Grand 
Fascisti Council, at a meeting recently, 
presided over by Premier Mussolini, 
adopted a decision obliging all Fascisti 
who are also Freemasons to resign either 
as Fascisti or as Freemasons. 



Charles Albert Adams, a Past Grand 
Master, of California, Vice-President of 
the Masonic Periodicals Corporation, 
publisher of the National Trestle Board 
of San Francisco, supposed to represent 
Masonic principles and to stand for those 
things, not only for the betterment of 
mankind, but for the advancement and 
maintenance of American institutions, 
particularly the public schools, holds 
some very peculiar views as the owner 
of all these titles. 

He said : 

"The Fellowship Forum makes me sick. 
If the Fellozvship Forum does not cease 
its everlasting agitation against the 
Catholics, it will drive all the Catholics 
in Masonry back into the church." 

= — The Kablegram, February, 1923. 



RECRUITING FOR FREEMASONRY. 

Boys of the De Molay order, which 
has very evident connections with the 
Masonic system, were told at a vesper 
service recently held at Trinity Episcopal 
Church, Cleveland, Ohio, that "Free- 
masonry is the handmaiden of pure reli- 
gion" and that it is important because it 
helps to further Christian ideals. The 
Episcopolian rector who spoke declared : 
"It is my firm opinion that any man who 
faithfully carries out the teachings of 
Masonry will find his way to the feet 
of the Great Teacher." All this sounds 
very encouraging and inspiring, until we 
pause to remind ourselves that, according 
to official declarations of Masonic officers, 
Masonry is not Christian and that, as no 
well informed Mason will deny, there is 
no small number of Jews in the Masonic 
orders who have risen to positions of dis- 
tinction and eminence. What else can any 
organization do that tries to bind Chris- 
tian and unbeliever together but work 
against the very fundamentals of Chris- 
tian faith? 
Walthcr League Messenger, May, 1923. 



ELKS IN THE SENATE. 

Over half of the members of the United 
States Senate are Elks. Pomerene 
of Ohio is a Past Grand Exalted Ruler. 

— The Kablegram, February, 1923. 



Dr. Henry Van Dyke, author, poet 
and former minister of the United States 
to The Netherlands, advises America not 
to assume too great an air of superiority 
as long as it hasn't the strength to banish 
the Ku Klux Klan, "a secret, organized 
conspiracy for violence/' or cannot en- 
force the anti-liquor laws or mete out 
punishment to the slayers of Herrin. 

— Chicago Tribune, April 28, 1923. 



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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



June, 1923. 



WHY STUDY THE BIBLE? 

The Bible is interesting. Hall Caine 
has said : ''There is no book in the 
world like the Bible, and the finest 
novels ever written fall far short in 
interest of any one of the stories it 
tells." Whether we read gripping 
short stories of the Old Testament, 
Ruth, Esther, Jonah, or study the plain 
narrative of the four Gospels, whether 
we chant the psalms of Israel's sweet 
singer or delve into the mysteries of 
Revelation, we are confronted by a 
book, which, in point of human inter- 
est and in the power of its simplicity, 
has no equal in all the religious books 
of all ages. 

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The Bible is practical. "We keep 
Homer and Shakespeare in our li- 
braries," admitted Victor Hugo, "but 
Jesus belongs in our shops and our 
fields, wherever man is." It is not 
only adapted to the very day and hour 
in which we are living, but it also 
meets the circumstances of all people, 
in whatever station, occupation, and 
condition of life they may find them- 
selves. 



The Bible is moral. Charles Dickens 
wrote to his son : "I put a New Tes- 
tament among your books . . . be- 
cause it is the best book that ever was 
or ever will be known in the world, and 
because it teaches you the best lessons 
by which any human creature who 
tries to be truthful and faithful to duty 
can possibly be guided." While it 
never teaches immorality, it offers a 
complete array of virtues and morals 
that surpasses in sublimity and gran- 
deur all the dreams of all human re- 
formers and teachers. 



The Bible is truthful. There is no 
real conflict between science and Scrip- 
ture. As Sir John Herschel declared : 
"All human discoveries seem to have 
been made only for the purpose of con- 
firming more strongly the truths that 
have come from on high and are con- 
tained in the sacred writings." When 
proud men have questioned or even 
ridiculed statements of Scripture, the 



very stones have cried out in startling 
corroboration of Biblical truth, and 
vast empires, uncovered by the exca- 
vator's spade, bear mute but convinc- 
ing testimony even to some of the 
most insignificant details of the Scrip- 
tural record. 



The Bible is helpful. Sceptic though 
he was, Goethe was forced to declare* 
"It is a belief in the Bible which has 
served me as the guide ... of my 
literary life." Celebrated men of many 
lands and ages have joined in bearing 
tribute to the Sacred Oracles. With its 
constructive appeal, it not only offers a 
great incentive and inspiration to a 
life of achievement and success, but it 
also contains counsel and sound advice 
in no small measure. 



The Bible is indispensable. Matthew 
Arnold recognizes this when he de- 
clares : "To the Bible men will re- 
turn because they cannot do without 
it." A Christian without a Bible is 
like a ship without a rudder, yes, such 
a Christian is even more helpless, for 
ships have been saved after their steer- 
ing apparatus had been destroyed, but 
no one has ever been brought from the 
raging seas of this life into the safe 
and sheltered haven of the life to come 
except by the guidance of Bible truth. 



The Bible is powerful. James Rus- 
sell Lowell once told a gathering of 
London scoffers who spoke disdain- 
fully of the Bible : "The men who live 
in ease and luxury, indulging them- 
selves in the amusement of going with- 
out religion, may be thankful that they 
live in lands where the Gospel they 
neglect has tamed the beastliness of 
men who, but for Christianity, might 
long ago have eaten their bodies like 
the South Sea Islanders, or cut off their 
heads and tanned their hides like the 
monsters of the French Revolution." 
Wherever the Bible is read, institutions 
of mercy and charity spring up, wasted 
lives are developed into useful careers, 
and great miracles occur in boundless 
profusion. Does any other book do 
this? 



June, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



37 



MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 

By Rev. H. H. Minman. 

j Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we print 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served. — Editor.] 



Introduction. 

"He that doeth evil hateth the light." 
These words of the Great Teacher are 
not only true of every wrong-doer, but 
of every system of wrong-doing. All 
who are connected with any system of 
organized wickedness instinctively resist 
its exposure, as though it were a personal 
injury. The measure of evil in such or- 
ganic wickedness will be its hostility and 
resistance to such opposition and expo- 
sure. The obloquy, hatred and violence 
visited on those who expose and make 
war on the sins of their age are but the 
reaction of the powers of darkness 
against the kingdom of light, and indi- 
cate not only the strength of the evil but 
also the faithful earnestness with which 
it is opposed. A single glance at the 
world's history makes this abundantly 
evident. The crucifixion of our Lord 
and the martyrdom of his saints were the 
Satanic testimony of the greatness of the 
mission of him who "was manifested that 
he might destroy the works of the devil." 
They indicated both his hatred and his 
fear. The resistance to the reformation 
of the sixteenth century was such as was 
to be expected from the gigantic and 
hoary iniquities it was destined to re- 
move. The war of the great rebellion, 
with its terrible outlay of treasure, suf- 
fering and blood, was not only a Divine 
retribution for the sin of slavery, but was, 
in an important sense, a measure of that 
sin. Satan is intrenched in every system 
of iniquity ; and his struggle for its de- 
fense and promotion will be in propor- 
tion to its importance to the realm of 
darkness. 

Tried by this test, the system of Free- 
masonry, together with the myriad or- 
ganizations that are its legitimate chil- 
dren, will be seen to be enormously 



wicked. In the resistance to all efforts 
of exposure, it has stopped at no du- 
plicity, nor hesitated at any violence that 
gave hope of accomplishing its purpose. 
To a mere dissent it has made no objec- 
tion. Its advocates have even not been 
offended when it has been caricatured and 
classed with follies ; but to an honest, 
earnest exposure of its inherent wicked- 
ness it has presented the terrible and un- 
dying hate which its Satanic author has 
towards all that robs him of his power. I 
propose to briefly show some of these 
manifestations of violence and crime. 
■ The Author. 
Chicago, April 27, 1886. 



Masonic Attempts on the Lives of Seceders 

Freemasonry, as it was instituted at 
Apple Tree Tavern in London in the 
years 171 7-21, was doubtless regarded 
as a* burlesque rather than an outrage. 
Certain old legends, which had them- 
selves been manufacturered out of the 
older legends of heathenism engrafted on 
to the societies of operative Masons, con- 
stituted what has since become the world- 
wide system of speculative Masonry. It 
was to be expected that the manufactur- 
ers and patrons of such a system of fraud 
and folly would dread exposure. Its 
claim to a historic origin was as pre- 
posterous as its assumption of author- 
ity over the lives of men was arrogant 
and its oaths blasphemous. It had much 
to conceal, and concealment was a prime 
necessity. It was not without reason 
that the blind candidate was bound by 
the penalty of death in its most terrible 
forms, nor is it strange that a false sense 
of obligation should have combined with 
the fear of exposure and a dread of death 
to hold its victims in abject awe. 



38 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



June, 1923. 



First Recorded Masonic Exposure. 

Its mysteries did not, however, long 
remain a secret. The first exposure was 
made to the world by Sam Pritchard, an 
irreproachable citizen of London, in 
1730. Masonic penalties were not then 
unmeaning. His body was found in 
the streets of that city with his throat 
cut from ear to ear. The book "Jachin 
and Boaz" contains the three degrees 
substantially as they are practiced today. 
Nevertheless, for the time, fraud and 
violence prevailed, Freemasonry spread 
over Europe, and five years later came 
to America. 

Execution of William Miller. 

The next noteworthy Masonic outrage 
was the execution of Wm. Miller at Bel- 
fast, Ireland. It was reported and sworn 
to by Samuel G. Anderton, a respectable 
merchant of Boston, his affidavit being 
taken by John W. Quincy of that city. 
Mr. Anderton was in attendance on the 
lodge where he had been a Mason. His 
friend, Wm. Miller, was also in at- 
tendance. What transpired is related as 
follows : 

"Some time in the evening he was in- 
formed that there was to be a Masonic 
execution that night; that a Mason had 
violated his Masonic obligation by saying 
'that a book entitled "Jachin and Boaz" 
was a true book' in connection with some 
other remarks, for which he deserved to 
die. Struck with horror, Mr. Anderton 
wished to leave the room, but was per- 
emptorily denied permission to retire, be- 
ing told 'that is never allowed on such 
occasions.' Lot was cast who should be 
the executioners. The lot fell on a Dane, 
on a Swede, and on Mr. Anderton. 
Learning that Wm. Miller was the per- 
son to be executed, by the most heart- 
rending entreaties Mr. Anderton was ex- 
cused from the Masonic duty of being 
an executioner of his friend. The 
others plead no excuse. A cap of coarse 
cloth, to be drawn over the head, strung 
with a rope in the hem, to be drawn by 
the executioners round the neck, was the 
instrument which contained the ma- 
chinery of death for the unsuspecting 
victim. The hour of midnight darkness 
arrived, the executioners took their stand 
near, and at the left hand of the presid- 
ing Masonic officer. All things being in 
readiness, Mr. Miller, mistrusting no 



danger, but with expectation of receiving 
a degree of Masonry, according to the 
promise made to him, was led into the 
room, hoodwinked, with his coat off, and 
in a slow march was conducted near the 
executioners. The question was asked 
and repeated, agreeably to Masonic cus- 
tom — 'Who comes there? Who comes 
there?' The answer was bawled out as 
the executioners seized him, 'A damned 
traitor who has broken his Masonic ob- 
ligation.' As the cap of death came over 
his head, he had just time to cry, 'O, my 
God, are you going to murder me? O, 
my wife, my children,' when his cries 
were stopped short by the suffocating 
cord drawn round his neck, with the full 
strength of the undaunted executioners, 
and the victim fell to the floor in the 
agonies of death. The executioners, 
bracing their feet against his body, con- 
tinued their tug at the rope with increas- 
ing violence, 'while others of the frater- 
nity fell upon the body, cut the throat, 
and then his left side and breast open, so 
as to show his heart ; during which hor- 
rid scene some of the thirty-five or forty 
persons in the room exhibited signs of 
sympathy; but the greater part,' to use 
Mr. Ahderton's own words, 'using the 
most profane, revengeful language, with 
their fists clenched, grinned with horrid 
approbation." — (From Masonry, a Work 
of Darkness.) 

This dreadful account is further sus- 
tained by the statement of Mrs. Agnes 
Bell, who made oath before the same 
magistrate that she saw the mutilated 
body the next day as it was drawn out, 
and that it was buried by Masons with 
mock Masonic honors. 

(It may be added that the above state- 
ment has been very distasteful to the 
Masons and a vigorous denial supported 
by counter-statements has been made, but 
we see no reason for discrediting the ac- 
count.) 

Abduction and Murder of Morgan. 

The abduction and murder of Wm. 
Morgan, a citizen of Batavia, New York, 
is, when considered in reference to its re- 
sults, the most remarkable Masonic event 
in the nineteenth century. L^pon Ma- 
sonry's introduction into America it had 
rapidly spread. The war of the Revolu- 
tion and that of 18 12- 14, with the at- 
tendant demoralization which war al- 



June, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



39 



ways brings in its train, had tended great- 
ly to its increase. Such was the power 
and arrogance of pretention that the Ma- 
sonic orator, Brainard, in an address at 
New London, Conn., in 1825, uses the 
following language : 

"What is Masonry now? It is power- 
ful. It comprises men of all ranks, 
wealth, office and talent, in power and out 
of power, and that in almost every place 
where power is of any importance ; and 
it composes among other classes of the 
community, to the lowest in large num- 
bers, active men, united together, and 
capable of being directed by the efforts 
of others, so as to have the force of ce- 
ment through the civilized world. They 
are distributed, too, with the means of 
knowing each other, and the means of 
keeping secret, and the means of co-oper- 
ating in the Desk, in the Legislative Hall, 
on the Bench, in every gathering of busi- 
ness, in every party of pleasure, in every 
enterprise of government, in every do- 
mestic circle, in peace and in war, among 
enemies and. friends in one place as well 
as in another. So powerful indeed is it 
at this time, that it fears nothing from 
violence, either public or private ; for it 
has every means to learn it in season, to 
counteract, defeat and punish." — (From 
Freemasonry, Illustrated.) 

One year later the great crime as re- 
ported by a committee of the Senate of 
the State of New York, to whom it had 
been referred, and as taken from official 
records, is as follows : 

"The annals of criminal jurisprudence 
furnish no parallel in many respects to 
the case of Win. Morgan. The majesty 
of the laws and the powers of Masonry 
have been brought into conflict. What 
may be the result of the mighty struggle 
none can tell. But the events of the last 
two years, during which the conflict has 
been maintained, induce the belief that 
Masonry will be victorious. The history 
of Morgan's fate is short and simple : On 
the nth day of September, 1826, he was 
taken by several Masons in broad day, 
by force, from the village of Batavia to 
Canandaigua, a distance of fifty miles, 
and there, upon a process originated for 
the occasion, confined in jail. While on 
his way from Batavia, one of his kid- 
nappers who had him in charge said 
with an oath, Morgan should not be taken 



from him alive. After a short confine- 
ment in the prison at Canandaigua, he 
was taken out on Sunday the 12th, at 
evening, and amidst his distressing cries 
of murder, was forced into a post coach. 
He was then driven through a densely 
populated country, 1 10 miles to the 
United States fort, on the Niagara river, 
and there confined. The horses and 
coaches used in conveying him from 
Canandaigua were owned or procured by 
Masons. And the owner of a livery sta- 
ble kept at Rochester, who at that time 
and now is a Royal Arch Mason, actually 
charged the Grand Chapter for the use 
of his coaches and horses to Lewiston. 
Pains were taken to obtain Masonic 
drivers. The last driver, however, ac- 
cidentally was not a Mason. He was 
Corydon Fox. He drove the prisoner, 
attended by three Masons, to the grave- 
yard, about eighty rods distant from the 
fort, and was directed to halt. The party 
dismounted, and Fox was told to return 
to Lewiston. This was in the night time. 
Shortly after Fox made some observa- 
tions about his trip to the fort, which ex- 
cited fears in the minds of the brother- 
hood, and within a short period a special 
lodge was called, and Fox was initiated 
as a member of it. An unusual number 
of Masons were at Lewiston and in the 
vicinity of the fort during the three or 
four days of Morgan's confinement there, 
and nightly visited the fort. The suf- 
ferings of Morgan were probably ter- 
minated on the night of the 18th of Sep- 
tember, 1826. 

"Morgan was fifty years old; in point 
of talents and manners was above medi- 
ocrity — had fought in the defence of his 
country at the battle of New Orleans; 
and immediately preceding his abduction 
from Batavia had, unfortunately for 
himself and family, been concerned in 
writing a book upon Masonry, disclosing 
its usages, oaths and obligations. 

"It has been fully established by the 
testimony in the various trials that have 
been had, that a great number of Masons 
have been directly or indirectly concerned 
in the abduction and subsequent fate of 
Morgan. But notwithstanding the pub- 
licity of this transaction arising from the 
great number necessarily concerned in it 
— notwithstanding the thousands of dol- 
lars offered as rewards by the executive 



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June, 1923. 



of this State, as well as the governor of 
Canada, to those who would give infor- 
mation of his fate, and the thousands 
contributed and expended by humane and 
patriotic citizens to ferret out the in- 
iquity ; and notwithstanding, too, a com- 
missioner has been sent by the legislature 
to add his talents and industry to that of 
the courts in the country, still no record 
tells us whose hands have been stained 
with the blood of this Masonic victim. 

"The committee assume the fact that 
the life of Morgan has been destroyed; 
they are compelled to do so from the irre- 
sistible weight of circumstances tending 
to fortify that conviction." 

This report stops short of the absolute 
facts. What the final fate was we learn 
from the confession of Mr. Whitney, as 
given and sworn to by Hon. Thurlow 
Weed, a Christian journalist and states- 
man, a few months previous to his death. 
There were also two other confessions 
made, all of them differing, as was nat- 
ural, in some minor details, but agree- 
ing in the essential facts. The confession 
is as follows : 

"The idea of suppressing Morgan's 
intended exposure of the secrets of Ma- 
sonry was first suggested by a man by 
the name of Johns. It was discussed in 
lodges at Batavia, LeRoy and Rochester. 
Johns suggested that Morgan should be 
separated from Miller and placed on a 
farm in Canada west.' For this purpose 
he was taken to Niagara and placed in 
the magazine of the fort until arrange- 
ments for settling him in Canada were 
completed, but the Canadian Masons dis- 
appointed them. After several meetings 
of the lodge in Canada, opposite Fort 
Niagara, a refusal to have anything to 
do with Morgan left his 'kidnappers' 
greatly perplexed. Opportunely a Royal 
Arch Chapter was installed at Lewiston. 
The occasion brought a large number of 
enthusiastic Masons together. 'After 
Labor,' in Masonic language, they 're- 
tired to refreshment.' Under the exhila- 
ration of champagne and other viands the 
chaplain (the Rev. F. H. Cummings of 
Rochester) was called on for a toast. He 
responded with peculiar emphasis and in 
the language of their ritual : 'The enemies 
of our order — may they find a grave six 
feet deep, six feet long, and six feet 
due east and west.' Immediately after 



that toast, which was received with great 
enthusiasm, Col. Wm. King, an officer 
in our war of 1812, and then a Member 
of Assembly from Niagara county, 
called Whitney of Rochester, Howard of 
Buffalo, Chubbuck of Lewiston, and 
Garside of Canada out of the room and 
into a carriage furnished by Major Bar- 
ton. They were driven to Fort Niagara, 
repaired to the magazine and informed 
Morgan that the arrangements for send- 
ing him to Canada were completed, and 
that his family would soon follow him. 
Morgan received the information cheer- 
fully, and walked with supposed friends 
to the boat, which was rowed to the 
mouth of the river, where a rope was 
wound around his body, to each end of 
which a sinker was attached. Morgan 
was then thrown overboard. He grasped 
the gunwale of the boat convulsively. 
Garside, in forcing Morgan to relinquish 
his hold, was severely bitten." 

It is a noteworthy fact that a large 
number of Masons of that day, while de- 
nying any personal knowledge of the ab- 
duction and murder, declared that Mor- 
gan had deserved such a fate, and fully 
justified the terrible crime. Among this 
number were some who were ministers 
of religion, some of whom afterward 
confessed with sorrow and shame the 
great wrong in which they were impli- 
cated. . It was proved by testimony taken 
before the Legislature of Pennsylvania, 
that the abduction of Morgan was Ma- 
sonically communicated to the lodges in 
Pennsylvania, and was generally known 
to the Masons. It was only the great re- 
action in public sentiment that induced 
some 45,000 out of the 50,000 Masons of 
the North to withdraw from the lodge, 
many making open renunciation, and all 
giving up all connection with the insti- 
tution. 

Partial List of Alleged Masonic Murder. 

Without stopping to dwell in detail 
on numerous instances of alleged Ma- 
sonic murder, all of which are supported 
with such evidence as secured the belief 
of those who were acquainted with the 
actual facts, we give a partial list of 
cases as reported in books and papers 
during the nineteenth century. 

Noah Smith, of Manchester, Vt., re- 



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41 



published an edition of "Jachin an d 
Boaz," and is believed to have been mur- 
dered on his way to Kentucky about the 
year 1798. Ariel Murdick, of Rensselaer, 
N. Y., believed to have been murdered 
for his opposition to Masonry, in Octo- 
ber, 1803. Wm. Michner, of Jenkins- 
town, Pa., was found with his heart cut 
out and in his hand. He had broken his 
Masonic covenant; this was about 1809. 
Loring Simonds, of Albany, N. Y., or vi- 
cinity, was murdered in 1809. Oliver 
Gavit of Ohio, in 1823, for making a 
Mason contrary to Masonic law. Job 
Hunt of Boston, a very aggravated case, 
who is believed to have been killed in 
the lodge, November 15, 1827. 

Artemus Kennedy, a seceded Knight 
Templar, is believed to have been killed 
by his "brethren" February 27, 1830. 

The Grand Duke of Tuscany died mys- 
teriously in 1837 after taking measures 
to suppress the Masons. Alexander, the 
Czar of Russia, died suddenly and mys- 
teriously December 1, 1825. His death 
was attributed to Masonic "vengeance" 
for having issued a ukase in 1822 clos- 
ing all Masonic lodges. 

Forgie, whose murder is attested by 
Rev. J. R. Baird, a Wesleyan minister 
and seceded Mason, and who was at the 
time ( 1854) a member of a lodge in Can- 
ada. Forgie came by letter to the lodge 
and was employed by the Master of the 
lodge to do some work, for which he re- 
ceived $113.00. He suddenly disap- 
peared and was said to have been "Ma- 
sonically disposed of." His money was 
voted to be lodge property and one-half 
was given to the Master of the lodge who 
sold Forgie's trunk and clothing and kept 
his carpenter's tools. 

Mrs. Hanna Gregg, of Perry, Wyo- 
ming County, N. Y., swore on her death 
bed to having been the unconscious wit- 
ness of a Masonic murder of an unknown 
man in the lodge at Bristol, Penn., under 
circumstances of great aggravation and 
horror. Her affidavit was taken by Jason 
Lathrop, a Justice of the Peace, 
11, 1 86 1, and who also certifies 
good character of Mrs. Gregg. 
Narratives and Arguments on 
Societies, by Francis Sample, 
Iowa.) 

David Brounlee, a gentleman of an ex- 



March 
to the 
(See 
Secret 
Dover, 



cellent family of Scotch Presbyterians, 
lived at Little York, Ills. He was a Free- 
mason and professed great fear that 
Freemasons would murder him for he 
said he had revealed some of their se- 
crets. He was found on the prairie with 
his throat cut and his tongue cut out. He 
is believed to have been murdered. The 
case is fully attested and transpired about 
1840. 

(Continued in the July issue.) 



According to the Constitution of the 
United States, the Church and State must 
be kept under separate control. The 
Church is not taxed for the State, nor 
is the State called upon to support the 
Church. Our nation was founded on 
Christian principles, and with Christian 
ideals. 

The lodge system is making an attempt 
to put the Bible in the public schools as 
a fruitful act for the coming young men 
of America, from which they expect to 
reap a harvest for their institution. Re- 
cently a public demonstration was held 
in the East, when four high school boys 
carried a Bible from the lodge hall to the 
high school building. Great crowds par- 
ticipated in the parade, and the godless 
organization was lauded to the sky by 
men who bear the name of Christian. 
What an opportunity for the Christian 
Church to raise her voice against the se- 
cret lodge system getting control of our 
public schools. 



The National Christian Association is 
capable of wielding an immeasurable in- 
fluence for good in the church. Let us 
not fear to declare the whole counsel of 
God, even if we cannot move in the so- 
ciety of the multitude. 

Our object is to exalt the Only Name 
given among men whereby they must be 
saved, and we earnestly request the pray- 
ers of our friends that God may use our 
Association in its endeavor to free men 
who are bound by the fetters of the secret 
lodge system, and to warn those who may 
be tempted to join. 



Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it. 
Psa. lxxxi. 10. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



June, 1923. 



VEILED KLANSWOMEN AT CHURCH 
SERVICE 

Hooded and robed figures visited Grace 
Methodist Episcopal Church last night 
(April 29th). This time there was a dif- 
ference. Of the twenty who came dis- 
guised fourteen were women, members 
of Newark Council No. i, Ladies of the 
Invisible Empire. This is the first time 
any women in the Ku-Klux Klan auxil- 
iary have appeared publicly. 

Six men, also hooded and robed in red, 
acted as escort. The men were members 
of the Newark Council, Royal Riders of 
the Red Robe. Three men preceded the 
women as they entered the church and 
three followed them. 

The pastor of the church, Rev. Parris 
C. Greenly, expressed himself as glad to 
see them and declared he considered it a 
privilege to receive them. Pews had been 
reserved for the robed visitors. 

About seventy persons were iin the 
church when the hooded men and women 
appeared. Rev. Mr. Greenly had an- 
nounced that during the singing of "On- 
ward, Christian Soldiers," patriotic or- 
ganizations would enter. As the singing 
was started, a side door opened and three 
figures in red entered, single file, followed 
by the women, also in single file. 

The women wore white silk dresses 
bound with a red, white and blue girdle 
and head veils bound with a fillet of red, 
white and blue ribbons. The robes of the 
men bore on the collar the letters "R. R." 
in brown, and over the heart was a large 
"R" in circle. 

Pastor Feels Honored. 
In part, Rev. Mr. Greenly said: 
"Ladies of the Invisible Empire, Royal 
Riders of the Red Robe, Junior Orders, 
Ku-Klux Klan and Masons. It is again 
a privilege of mine to have you visit my 
church. While this is the fourth time in 
about five weeks, it is a new joy. I un- 
derstand, Ladies of the Invisible Empire, 
this is the first appearance of your order 
in public, which is a greater privilege to 
me. 

"What a great thing this kinsmanship 
between your orders of the Invisible Em- 
pire, Royal Riders, Ku-Klux Klan, Junior 
( )rder and Masons is. T am greatly 
pleased that you ladies feel that it is your 



duty to work for the same American 
ideals. 

"At no time in the history of this coun- 
try have our ideals been so tested. No, 
there is no other issue today before the 
country so great as Americanism. It is 
the dominant issue and never before were 
these ideals so undermined. In i860 and 
1914 war was evident. The minds of the 
people were ready for war. They are not 
talking war today, openly, but invisibly 
the great foe of Americanism, that crowd 
which threatened to engulf America, is 
every day undermining the principles of 
our country. 

"In the next ten years New Jersey will 
hear much from your organizations and 
if American ideals are to be preserved 
they must be preserved on religious basis. 
You are all in this fight to keep alive the 
spirit of Americanism." — Newark (N. 
J.) Evening News, April 30, 1923. 



"It is our judgment that pastors and 
congregations who allow hooded Klans- 
men to invade the sanctuary, even for the 
purpose of giving a contribution to the 
work of' the church, are encouraging the 
Ku-Klux as well as permitting defilement 
of the House of God.'' We think "that 
the Pittsburgh pastor who peremptorily 
ordered the hooded fanatics to remove 
their masks or get out of the church, was 
fully justified. We have been informed 
that certain congregations are now threat- 
ened with disruption because some of the 
officers are members of the Ku-Klux 
Klan, and are evidently subordinating the 
interests of the Church of Christ to the 
claims of that oath-bound organization. 
We believe that the Klan was conceived 
in sin and born in iniquity, and the pres- 
ent legal squabbles among their supposed 
leaders foretoken, we hope, its early di ab- 
solution. It has no proper place in Amer- 
ican life, and those who have been de- 
ceived with regard to its real character 
should be awakened to a realization that 
membership in this organization is no 
credit to any member of the Christian 
Church. We hope their eyes will be 
opened before their connection with this 
suspicious gang implicates them in some 
scandalous and shameful activity of the 
'Invisible Empire' of Klansmen." — Re- 
formed Christian Messenger. 



June, 1923. 



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KLAN KNIGHTS PUT OUT OF 
CHURCH. 

In driving Ku Klux Klansmen out of 
church, when they come in mask and 
gown, the Bellevue Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Pittsburgh set an example, 
says the Brooklyn Citizen, which "may 
well be followed." It was a lone and par- 
ticularly irate trustee who started the re- 
treat of the Klansmen, which ended in a 
rout. The hooded men came unheralded, 
according to newspaper accounts of the 
affair, breaking in on the Easter services 
being conducted by the pastor, Dr. R. B. 
Urmy. The visitors divided into three 
groups, one of which started up the main 
aisle, while the other two headed for the 
pulpit from the opposite sides of the 
church. Six of them were approaching 
Attorney Elmer L. Kidney, trustee, who 
was taking up the collection at the time, 
when he planted his "six feet and 200 
pounds" in front of them and effectually 
barred their further progress. "Get out," 
he ordered tersely, "and be quick about 
it." From the pulpit came the voice of 
the pastor : "Gentlemen, you are disturb- 
ing the services here, which is a violation 
of the law. You will be perfectly wel- 
come to remain if you remove your dis- 
guises. Otherwise you must go." 

The Klansmen, thus rebuffed, turned 
to go, and as they reached the exit Mr. 
Kidney, we are told, got into action. 
When he had finished, he had the robes 
and masks of six Klansmen as spoils of 
war, and the visitors had incontinently 
and ingloriously fled the scene. Mr. Kid- 
ney, the son of a Methodist Episcopal 
minister, is said to be prominent in the 
work of his church. In 192 1 he presided 
over an international conference of Meth- 
odist laymen in London. He has no feel- 
ing against the Klan, the Pittsburgh Post 
quotes him as saying, and he understands 
that the organization has "some very good 
principles." But he does think that "this 
thing of interrupting church services and 
handing a few dollars to the preacher 
ought to be stopped." Some newspaper 
editors agree with the redoubtable Pitts- 
burgher. "If other pastors were to adopt 
the rigorous course of Dr. Urmy," says 
the Jersey Journal, "there would be less 
of this sensational tomfoolery, and a lot 
of Ku Klux advertising might prove very 
unprofitable." Nobody can object to the 



Klansmen going to church, in the opinion 
of the Baltimore Sim. "They will be 
welcomed in their individual capacity as 
saints or sinners in any church, so long 
as they observe religious proprieties and 
conventions." But, in this case, submits 
The Sun: 

"The Klansmen apparently had not 
come to pray, but to create a sensation. 
They seemed to value their hoods more 
highly than their souls, for they declined 
the good pastor's invitation and departed 
hurriedly. 

"It is a new thing for honest, 100 per 
cent Americans to be ashamed of their 
faces. The Ku Kluxers profess to spe- 
cialize in piety and patriotism. Pious 
and patriotic people generally do not hide 
their countenances under masks or their 
light under bushels when they attend 
church. They have nothing to be afraid 
of or ashamed of. The Ku Klux church 
fashion is not only a piece of cheap and 
ill-mannered melodrama, but it is in 
direct conflict with the honest American- 
ism that is not ashamed of its patriotism 
and of the honest humility that never 
wears a mask over head or heart in the 
presence of God." 

If the Klan wishes to give money to a 
church, remarks the Fort Wayne News 
Sentinel, "the mails are still open, or rep- 
resentatives may call upon the pastor in 
his study and quietly make the donation. 
But the minds of men who go about their 
activities hiding their faces from the 
world, are the minds of swashbucklers." 
And the Newark News thinks it will do 
no harm to repeat what has often been 
said: "In the life of America there is no 
room for a band of men who are ashamed 
to show their faces while engaged upon 
what they insist is work of humanity. 
All the high professions of the Ku Klux 
Klan are of no avail as long as the mask 
and gown are retained in their ritual. 
And the height of impropriety is reached 
when, so attired, they invade churches, 
hoping to win condonation of their im- 
pertinence by a gift of money." To the 
Columbus Ohio State Journal "the ef- 
rontery of the Klan is amazing. It does 
not seem as if an organization which 
countenances such impudence could live 
very long among persons of good sense 
and respect for sacred things." "Down in 
Louisiana, where the •evenings are dark 



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June, 1923. 



and the country is wild," remarks the Bal- 
timore American, "knighthood prospers 
better; but Mr. Kidney of Pittsburgh 
has demonstrated with startling vividness 
what knights will do when they meet a 
he-man in the day-time." And "when 
it is borne in mind that the Klan has 
never officially condemned the outrages 
which culminated in the Mer Rouge 
butchery, nor any other outrages of 
which men wearing the Klan regalia have 
been guilty," says the New York Globe, 
"Mr. Kidney's action seems warranted." 
"Before the Klan is received in church 
it may well be required to give evidence 
that its purposes are those of which tol- 
erant and law-abiding citizens may ap- 
prove. So far the evidence has run the 
other way. The Klan is certainly hiding 
something under a bushel, but it is dark- 
ness rather than light." — The Literary 
Digest, May 5, 1923. 



There are two classes of preachers : 
Those whom God has called, and those 
who enter the ministry as they would en- 
ter into the legal, medical, or any other 
profession, merely as a means of securing 
a living. These latter fear to offend their 
hearers lest their support be withheld. I 
would that the church might be rid of 
such barnacles. She would then make 
great strides in the business of winning 
souls for Christ. The true minister of 
the gospel is a soul winner and not an 
entertainer. — B. P. Hogan, in Free Meth- 
odist. 



One reason why the Bible is disliked 
by many people is that it is such an ex- 
treme book. It never advocates compro- 
mise. It says, "No man can serve two 
masters," "Come out from among them, 
and be ye separate." It is not given to 
the use of euphemisms. It says, "The 
wicked shall be turned into hell." — G. H. 
C. Macgregor. 



"Got a hacking cough and a head- 
ache?" said the woman to her tramp 
caller. "Well, I've a little wood you could 
hack, and it might cure your headache." 

"Much obliged, mum, but my headache 
ain't of the splittin' variety. Good day!" 
— London Opinion. 



A TRIBUTE TO 

ELDER I. J. ROSENBERGER 

By Secretary W. B. Stoddard. 
Elder I. J. Rosenberger of Greenville, 
Ohio, was a man among men. With but 
a few hours of sickness, he departed this 
life April 13th, last. He was nearly 
eighty-one years of age. ;It was my 
privilege to form his acquaintance about 
thirty years ago and to meet him quite 
frequently as the years have been passing. 




ELDER I. J. ROSENBERGER. 

Our last visit at Sebring, Florida, was 
somewhat extended. In early life, he was 
a successful farmer, and later he became 
a forceful preacher and successful evan- 
gelist. He attributed his financial success 
to his wife, who greatly aided him in her 
care for the home while he labored in the 
churches. His delight was in meditation 
on the law of the Lord. As an evange- 
list, he was eminently successful, winning 
hundreds for the church. 

As Brother Rosenberger came to 
know the National Christian Asso- 
ciation, he was naturally enlisted 
in its aid and attended and ad- 
dressed State Conventions, which were 
held under its auspices. His farms 
were sold at an advantageous time and 
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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



45 



the annuity plan with the Church of his 
choice, and the National Chris- 
tian Association. In a recent con- 
versation, he referred to the satis- 
faction and joy that had come to 
him through the money invested with 
us. He doubled his investment of $1,000 
to our Association and suggested to 
friends that they do as he had done. The 
interest provided by these different Annu- 
ities was promptly paid and met his need, 
so he had no special concern regarding 
his earthly requirements. I believe he 
regarded the lodge system as the greatest 
organized enemy of the Church and was 
ever solicitous for the welfare of our 
Association. Naturally optimistic, he was 
cheerful and brought cheer in conver- 
sation. His Home going was sudden and 
unexpected. He now enjoys the eternal 
reward of a long and faithful service 
for his Master. 



"Every good man- is a preacher, but 
not every preacher is a good man." 

FAILED TO CONVICT. 

The Williamson County jury has ac- 
quitted another group of union coal min- 
ers charged with the murder of non-union 
miners at Herrin. This is the second lot 
to go free. It is evident that it is useless 
to try to convict one of those men under 
indictment, for it is very plain that the 
sentiment is strong in favor of the men 
charged with the atrocious murder of 
over a score of their fellow beings. The 
Chicago Tribune says of the situation: 

"Public sentiment at the scene of the 
crime approves and protects the murder- 
ers by favoring the organization which 
promoted the crime. 

"Still the world knows that more than 
twenty men were shot and tortured to 
death at Herrin simply because they 
worked in a coal mine without belonging 
to the miners' union. The Herrinites 
cannot escape the inevitable result — the 
fixing of responsibility upon the group. 
The courts cannot convict its residents of 
murder and punish them physically, but 
the civilized opinion of the entire United 
States convicts them of wholesale murder 
and perversion of justice. There is no 
appeal from that verdict of community 
guilt so long as the actual murderers es- 
cape/' — The Free Methodist, April 17, 
1923. 



HERRIN CASES DROPPED. 

The state has given up the attempt to 
convict any of the men charged with the 
inhuman butchery of over a score of non- 
union miners by the mob at Herrin. Two 
attempts to convict some of them, and the 
jury having acquitted the persons tried, 
has convinced the prosecuting attorney 
that it is utterly useless to try any further 
and he has nol prossed the indictments 
against the rest of them. Such is the power 
of the labor unions in the mining region 
that it is impossible to administer the law 
against the perpetrators of the dastardly 
outrages committed by them. 

— The Free Methodist, April 24, 1923. 



When we read that an Episcopal 
church debases itself far enough to con- 
duct an Egyptian service in which the 
rector himself chants a hymn-prayer to 
Amen-Ra, the ancient sun-god of the 
Nile country; when we hear of not one, 
but of dozens of incidents like the fol- 
lowing, reported in the newspapers of 
New York state : "The members of the 
Congregationalist and Universalist con- 
gregations at Carthage, at a numerously 
attended meeting last Friday evening, 
voted unanimously to consolidate the two 
churches" ; when the president of a 
Rhode Island Christian college sends 
statements to the press, claiming that 
"evolution is a powerful aid to faith" and 
thus sets up the theory that we can all be 
better Christians by dethroning God and 
setting up a grinning gorilla in His place ; 
when the Jew and the Protestant of Mil- 
waukee's lower East side unite with 
Unitarians to worship in a synagogue ; 
when — space alone forbids us from piling 
up further criminating evidence — Christ 
is being determinedly removed from mod- 
ern "Christianity" and we may well say 
with Mary, "They have taken my Lord 
away," we must prepare ourselves for the 
fact that if God gives us the grace to live 
during the next two or three decades, we 
shall be destined to witness a period of 
severe trial for the Church of Jesus 
Christ. — Walthcr League Messenger, 
May, 1923. 



The influence of a good deed is great 
upon the world, but the reflex influence 
upon the doer is a priceless thing. 



46 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



June, 1923. 



The Union Labor Question Debated 



I hope one thing that will be straight- 
ened out at the General Conference of 
the Free Methodist Church, will be the 
free admittance of the union man when 
he has answered the questions satisfac- 
torily, as required in the Discipline. We 
have had too much bushwhacking at the 
union man that was not warranted and 
to the point. No man in the church has 
objection to the union as a union, for the 
church is on the very same footing. 

The objection in the past to the ad- 
mittance of the union man into the Free 
Methodist Church has been the secrecy 
enjoined on the members in being initiat- 
ed and in its affairs, but this secrecy is 
not like the secrecy of the lodges. There 
is nothing in the secrecy against one's 
conscience ; it's to stand by your craft 
and fellow members of that craft to bet- 
ter their working and financial condi- 
tions. The highest penalty invoked is a 
fine and if the member is guilty of a 
greater crime, as theft, etc., then he is in 
a spot where he is liable to be turned out 
of the union. . . . 

We ought to get our vision straight- 
ened out. Does any one contend that if 
a union man commits a crime that the 
union is to blame? As well say, with 
equal truth, that if a Free Methodist 
commits a crime the Free Methodist 
Church is to blame. It is too absurd to 
follow such reasoning. 

But some say the union advocates vio- 
lence. I can not say for other unions, but 
for the Mine Workers of America I 
know the reverse is the case. It always 
counsels no violence. I have been in close 
connection with the miners and their 
union the past twenty years and this has 
always been the advice of the leaders 
when a strike was called. 

The last strike last spring, this was the 
injunction from Mr. Lewis, international 
president of the miners, and from Mr. 
Farrington, state president of Illinois 
miners. I was also talking with State 
Senator Sneed, who is also sub-district 
president of Williamson County Miners, 
and he said that the moment the miners 
attempted violence they were losing, and 
yel we hear so much parrot talk of vio- 
lence by union leaders, etc. 



As regards the miners, except for small 
district in Pennsylvania (and we have a 
report of one field investigated by the 
New York Commission investigating the 
Berwind White plant in Somerset Coun- 
ty, this report must be relishing to open 
shop advocates) all the miners north of 
the Ohio River and east of the Mississ- 
ippi are ioo per cent organized. This 
would also take in Iowa, Missouri and 
Kansas. . . . 

A man is not less a Christian because 
he is a union man; in fact, he is more of 
a Christian; he proves out that all the 
benefits he has he had to fight for and 
the same in his Christian experience. 
While humanity is what it is we can not 
expect operators to give more than they 
have to for labor. The union is a neces- 
sity to the working man, unless we are to 
take the European and Japanese stand- 
ard for our living. 

Then we shouldn't lose sight of the 
force of the union for peace. With all 
the miners out last summer what dis- 
turbances were there? Flalf a million 
out nearly five months. Wasn't it re- 
markable how little law breaking there 
was and the strike coming on the worst 
winter known in the country? Before the 
scale terminated for employment, many 
couldn't get a job of any kind and so 
many who were employed were only 
working one and two days a week at the 
mines. 

Consider the men in the unions who 
can not read or talk American, and the 
Socialists, bolsheviks, etc., and the peace 
of such a long strike was remarkable. 
The union is a mighty force for peace. 

Objection is also made that the union 
as far as it is possible compels the labor- 
ing men to be in the union, when the 
Constitution, etc., gives him the right to 
work for whom he likes and for what he 
likes and as long as he likes. Why is it 
that the Free Methodist Church does not 
join officially in union revival services? 
Isn't it from the fact that other churches 
lower the standard, and naturally if the 
Free Methodist Church joins in we weak- 
en our issues and in fact acknowledge 
that by joining in and sanctioning the 






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cheap track, sawdust trail, etc., we there- 
by prove by our works we have no excuse 
for a church, we might as well shut up 
shop and join some other church. In 
fact, we keep separate so that our stand- 
ard will be kept high and that our church 
will be a Spirit-filled church, and being 
united in our own issues we can go on- 
ward in strength, expecting God to honor 
us with His presence as we are walking 
in line with Him. It's the very same 
idea that the union does their level best 
to have ioo per cent of laboring men in 
the union, because naturally every man 
out of the union weakens it that much, 
but being united they can make their 
successful fights for better conditions 
both financially and working condition 
and laws affecting the same. — The Free 
Methodist, Feb. 13, 1923. 

W. L. Morgan, Greenville, Illinois. 



A REPLY TO LABOR UNION QUES- 
TION. 

BY REV. H. B. LUCK, EDMONTON, ALBERTA, 
CANADA. 

In the Free Methodist of February 13, 
under the above title, a plea is made for 
the labor union and we wish to draw at- 
tention to some of the statements made 
and arguments presented. 

1. The writer says, "There is nothing 
in the secrecy against one's con cience ; 
it's to stand by your craft and fellow 
members of that craft to better their 
working and financial conditions." Ah, 
that's where the rub comes. To stand 
by your fellow members of that craft, 
and by some of those members some of 
the foulest crimes on record are commit- 
ted, and with the sanction of the union 
which has paid "sluggers" for doing the 
work, a man going along to see that the 
job was well done and that the union was 
not cheated. We doubt if there is a secret 
order in existence that has a greater cat- 
alogue of crime and bloodshed recorded 
against it, outside of the Jesuits. How 
can a saved and sanctified man stand by 
such a craft and such members? A man 
must surely have a scared conscience in- 
deed if there is nothing against his con- 
science. 

2. Again we read, "The highest pen- 
alty -ic-cwked is a fine and if the mem- 
ber is guilty of a greater crime [than 
what? Not standing by your fellow mem- 



bers?] as theft, etc., then he is in a spot 
where he is liable to be turned out of the 
union." Yes, he is liable to be turned 
out, but is he ? Were the men turned out 
who blew up the Los Angeles Times 
Building with its awful loss of life? Nay, 
verily, the union stood by them to the 
last and when the leaders confessed and 
were sent to prison, as soon as their term 
had expired and they were released, one 
of them was elected to office again, if 
the newspaper report was correct and we 
have seen no denial of it by the union. 
Have the members who committed the 
cold-blooded murders in the Herrin riots 
been expelled ? Or are these crimes not 
as great as the former whose penalty is 
a fine? 

3. Again, the writer says, "Does any 
one contend that if a union man commits 
a crime that the union is to blame?" We 
answer, no, not if they discipline that 
member and expel him or compel him to 
confess and make his wrongs right. But 
when they keep him in- the fold and shel- 
ter him they are equally guilty with him. 
The man who takes stolen goods, know- 
ing them to be such, is guilty of crime as 
well as the man who stole them. No 
union or church is responsible for the acts 
of individual members, but they are re- 
sponsible as to how they deal with those 
members when their wrong-doing is dis- 
closed. Thus, there is no comparison be- 
tween the labor union and the Free Meth- 
odist Church. Our vision is so straight 
on this point that we feel like saying, 
"First cast out the beam out of thine own 
eye and then shalt thou see clearly to 
pull out the mote that is in thy brother's 
eye." 

4. Once more the writer asserts, "But 
some say the union advocates violence. I 
can not say for other unions, but for the 
Mine Workers of America I know the re- 
verse is the case. It always counsels no 
violence," and further on, "The last strike 
last spring this was the injunction of Mr. 
Lewis, international president of the min- 
ers." Well, if the president gives such 
advice his lieutenants do not follow it 
and Mr. Ryan, vice-president of district 
No. 18 of the United Mine Workers of 
America, is now awaiting trial in this 
city for stirring up the striking miners to 
acts of . violence and taking part in the 
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Counsel against acts of violence! Why, 
the police arrested nearly one hundred 
striking miners at one haul armed with 
sticks and clubs assaulting the non-union 
miners and they have been tried, found 
guilty and are out on suspended sentence. 
If Mr. Lewis has become a "preacher of 
righteousness" he certainly seems "like 
one that mocks" unto his followers and 
it is time he was making his escape to the 
mountains for he is too good to be in such 
bad company. Why, the union tried to 
tie up the mines in the Edmonton dis- 
trict, in the dead of an Alberta winter, 
when the thermometer is liable to drop 
fifty or sixty degrees below zero in a 
single night, when a city of over 60,000 
inhabitants with its homes and hospitals, 
as well as the outside territory were de- 
pendent on those mines for fuel. Talk 
about heartless and soulless corporations, 
the labor union (and the miners' union 
in this particular case) can compare fav- 
orably with any of them. 

5. Read again. ■ "Then we shouldn't 
lose sight of the force of the union for 
peace." We have heard that before ; why, 
some defenders of the union have told 
us that in some places there would have 
been a strike only for the Free Metho- 
dist union members whose influence pre- 
vented it. Therefore, the union should 
have our members in it. If such reason- 
ing has any weight, then it is too bad 
there were no Free Methodists in the Ma- 
sonic lodge in Morgan's time. They 
might have prevented the murder of that 
poor man, and following the same line 
of reasoning we ought all to join the 
order now so as to curtail their devil- 
ment in the future. Strange logic this 
when our Bible says, "We are not to do 
evil that good may come." But to come 
out from among them and be separate 
and to have no fellowship with the un- 
fruitful works of darkness but rather re- 
prove them. 

6. The writer of the article referred 
to asks, "Why is it the Free Methodist 
Church does not join officially in union 
revival services?" and answers it by say- 
ing, "We keep separate so that our stand- 
ard w ill be kept high and that our church 
will be a Spirit-filled church." Granted. 
\ow il our church can not remain a 
Spirit-filled church and keep the standard 
high and join in witli those who lower 



the standard and strike the sawdust trail, 
how can any man keep Spirit-filled and 
hold the standard high when he joins the 
labor union and by his money and in- 
fluence supports the most selfish, unrea- 
sonable, and brutal organization in exist- 
ence ? Have we not as a church preached 
and maintained that a person who stayed 
in a worldly church and supported its 
preachers was a partaker with them of 
their evil deeds though he might not at- 
tend a single sociable or go near' the 
church entertainment or fish pond? He 
might even protest against the preacher's 
ridicule of holiness and holiness profes- 
sors, yet as long as he remained a member 
and paid in his money he was upholding 
that thing. We would say, "From such 
turn away." "Be not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers." "Come out 
from among them and be separate." Now 
can we with the next breath tell our mem- 
bers they may stay in or join the union if 
they do not take the pledge of secrecy or 
attend its meetings but pay in their dues 
to its support, carry 'the union card, have 
their names on its membership roll, have 
the privilege of voting, be entitled to its 
password, sick benefits, strike benefits, 
etc., and yet say they are not responsible 
for the deeds of that organization or a 
partaker of its evil deeds, even though 
they do protest against its lawlessness? 
Is not this a complete right-about-face on 
our part? Does it not savor strongly of 
compromise ? "O Consistency, thou art a 
jewel !" W r e agree heartily with the 
brother when he says, "We ought to get 
our vision straightened out." 

When the General Conference of 191 5 
closed we were attending a camp meeting 
in Michigan and the district elder, who 
was a delegate to that conference, re- 
turned, and preached on Sunday morning. 
Referring to the General Conference he 
said there was no spirit of compromise or 
disposition to let down the bars, but. on 
the contrary, where the bars were a little 
too far apart and the labor union men 
were squeezing through, an extra rail had 
been put in, making it an offense for a 
Free Methodist to belong to the union 
and remain in the church. When he said 
this the blessing of the Lord fell on the 
congregation and the saints shouted for 
joy and praised the Lord. That was proof 
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► what the preacher was saying but also 
the action of that General Conference. 
Such being the case was the Lord pleased 
with the action of the last General Con- 
ference when by a majority of one, on 
the second vote (the first vote was a tie) 
that rail was taken out? I trow not and 
we are praying that the coming General 
Conference will put that rail in again and 
thus wipe off the. stain of four years ago. 
We weaken our position by beating 
around the bush. The question resolves 
itself to this, Is the labor union as it is 
organized and conducted at the present 
time a good institution? If it is, let us 
say so and give it the right hand of fel- 
lowship and help it on. If it is not (and 
by their fruits ye shall know them) then 
let us wash our hands of the whole thing 
by making it a test of membership and 
though we lose some members. or whole 
societies we had better stand foursquare 
for God and "have a clean church rather 
than a big one." 

The Free Methodist, Mar. 20, 1923. 



We often think that if we had that 
man's means or that man's ability or 
that man's opportunity we could do some- 
thing worth doing. Yet God does not 
want us to fill any other man's place, 
or to do any other man's work. God 
wants us to improve our own opportunity 
with the possessions and the powers that 
he has given us. It is a very great thing 
for us to do the very best we can do, just 
where and as we are. God asks no one 
of us to do more than this, nor has any 

Fone of us a right to do less. — M. D. 
Babcock. 



Advice should be gently given, for 
hearts are like flowers, which open to the 
softly-falling dew, but are closed to a 
violent downpour of rain. 



If in this life we are too proud to take 
our cross and follow Jesus, we should be 
ashamed if we were permitted to sit with 
Him in glory. 



Profession does not make one a Chris- 
tian, but a humble walk in the steps of 
the lowly Christ will make one a Bible 
Christian, approved of men. 



THE GOSPEL PILOT. 

This is the name of a new monthly 
publication edited and published by Rev. 
L. A. Turner, a Bible Evangelist. The 
magazine is devoted to Bible teaching and 
interpretation, general religious reading 
and evangelism and lays special emphasis 
on the fundamentals of the Christian 
faith. It is non-sectarian and interde- 
nominational. Though starting out small, 
eight pages, with the low subscription 
price of fifty cents a year, it is the plan 
of the publisher to improve and enlarge 
the magazine as rapidly as possible. Two 
series of articles are now being printed in 
The Gospel Pilot, one on "Prophecy and 
the Last Days" and the other, "The 
Church and the Lodge," which are of 
special interest. A thousand new sub- 
scribers is the immediate goal and those 
who are especially interested in the lodge 
question would do well to subscribe at 
once in order that they may receive the 
previous issues containing the above men- 
tioned article on the lodge. When re- 
quested, back numbers containing the ar- 
ticle "The Church and the Lodge" will be 
sent to new subscribers, until the supply 
is exhausted. Address : The Pilot Pub- 
lishing Company, Festus, Missouri. 



Just how far a secret organization can 
or will go nobody can safely predict. 
The "irregulars" in Ireland have been 
able to defy the regular government and 
defy the entire population for so long that 
civil war seems a normal condition there. 

You wonder about our new Ku Klux 
Klan in America when you read of 12,000 
men gathering to watch the initiation of 
900 at a lonely farm in New Jersey, un- 
der a flaming cross sixty feet high. You 
know that the same Ku Klux has carried 
elections in various states. What are 
their plans ? How far will they go ? What 
conditions are responsible for them? 
There is a cause for everything. 

Arthur Brisbane. 
— Chicago Herald Examiner, May 4, 
1923. 



If your heart is not set on God's work 
it is on the devil's. 



If the world fails to see humility in 
your life, they fail to see Christ. 



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THE STORY OF AN OATH. 

BY REV. A. M. EASH. 

This is a true account of what recently 
took place in an old land. It involves one 
of the most powerful and inclusive oaths 
the people of that land know. It must 
not be construed to be a discussion of the 
oaths of that land, their merits or de- 
merits, as that would be presumptuous 
for one who lived in it only a few short 
years and whose business while there 
was feeding hungry boys and girls rather 
than studying the subject of "oaths." 

The land in which this strange story is 
set is the one in which many years ago 
One, who lived within its confines and 
walked over its hills, brought to men a 
new message. It was a message calling 
men to lives of service to their fellow- 
men. It bade them to deal in love where 
once they hated, to forgive wrongs instead 
of seeking revenge. It told them that no 
more was it necessary for men to seek to 
give weight to their statements by oaths 
in the name of powers beyond their con- 
trol but rather that their words be rein- 
forced by such true and noble lives- that 
the simple "yes" and "no" could supplant 
the oaths of earlier times. The setting 
of this story is in a little village in the 
Judean hills, about twelve miles distant 
from the city of Jerusalem. 

The people involved are of the sons of 
Ishmael. Strange, dark-skinned men they 
are. Their life is a free one, not encum- 
bered by the restrictions of civilization, 
for their boys school has neither a terror 
nor charm. During the summer time their 
home consists of a small one-room mud 
house ; during the rainy season they live 
in the black goats-hair tent of the wan- 
dering Bedouin. While they till small 
patches of soil, they love rather to lead 
their flocks of sheep and goats over the 
barren hills and into the watered plains 
and though they live in the land where 
many years ago that One came with His 
strange message, they have never heard 
the message. Though they live in a land 
where government has been established, 
they know no law except the customs that 
have been established by their fathers. 
They love their friends and hate those 
who hate them. For them revenge is 
sweet. 

There lived in the little Arab village 



of Hismeh two girls, Fatmeh and Miriam. 
At the age of ten or twelve these girls 
became wives and soon after they were 
mothers. Their work was in the house 
and in the field. In the homes of their 
husbands they were an asset only as they 
were able to bear sons to perpetuate the 
family name, or as they performed the 
manual work for the family. By the time 
they were twenty they looked worn and 
wrinkled. Beauty they had none but for 
this they cared not as their lot was like 
that of all the other women in the village. 
They were neither loved nor hated be- 
cause of their good or homely looks. It 
happened that Fatmeh and Miriam were 
sisters-in-law. 

One day as they stood by the village 
spring awaiting their turn to draw water 
Fatmeh repeated to her sister-in-law the 
oftmade boast that she was the most hon- 
ored woman in the village. "Look," she 
cried, "at my illustrious husband and my 
noble son. Ours is the most distinguished 
family in all Hismeh." Now the other 
Hismeh women did not agree with Fat- 
meh but heretofore no one had dared to 
openly contradict her. On this occasion, 
however, Miriam ventured the assertion 
that there were many other women in the 
town quite as highly honored as Fatmeh. 
Then a spirit of boldness led her to claim 
that she herself was even more highly 
honored than was Fatmeh. A quarrel 
followed and soon the other women at the 
spring took it up. Before they returned 
to their humble mud homes the highly- 
pitched angry voices warned the men of 
a serious quarrel among their women 
folk. Now it happened that in this par- 
ticular village there were only two family 
groups and that the two women, Miriam 
and Fatmeh, represented these groups. 
There had always been jealousy and ri- 
valry between them and this new quarrel 
found the men quite ready to participate. 
Angry words were followed by throwing 
sticks and stones. Suddenly there was a 
great hush in Hismeh. The fighting- 
stopped more quickly than it began. 
Someone had fallen. It was Miriam. She 
was carried into her small dark mud hut. 
That afternoon she died and before sun- 
down her remains had been laid in the 
nearby cemetery. Across the open grave 
of Miriam the men of her family solemn- 
ly swore that her death must be avenged. 



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Seven years passed by. Ahmed, the 
son of Fatmeh, had been arrested, tried 
and convicted as the man who threw the 
fatal stone. During these seven years he 
had languished in a Turkish prison. He 
only saw the light of day on occasions 
when, chained to other prisoners, he was 
led out in work gangs. Finally there 
came a day when his chains were re- 
moved, the prison doors opened and Ah- 
med went forth a free man. There was 
a twelve-mile walk home across the Ju- 
dean hills and the warm welcome from 
his family assured him that once more 
he could live as a man among men. The 
killing had been a mistake. His sentence 
for murder had been a light one because 
there was some doubt as to the actual 
thrower of the stone. At times during 
those seven years he had felt bitter 
toward the Government and all who*- had 
a part in his punishment, but all that feel- 
ing was now gone as he received the as- 
surances and restoration in the family 
group. 

In the family of Miriam, however, 
there were those who were not satisfied. 
True, Ahmed had been imprisoned for a 
short term, but otherwise his family had 
not been made to suffer. On their own 
part there was a continual loss. Had not 
Miriam been their bread maker ? Was it 
not she who had milked the sh.eep and 
goats and looked after the vegetables in 
the field and the fruit in the orchard? 
For seven long years they had missed her 
help and they were not now satisfied that 
her murderer should so lightly escape. 
More than that, the honor of their family 
name required that Ahmed should make 
financial remuneration for the loss they 
had sustained. There was no peace be- 
tween the two families. To them it was 
essential that the old Arab custom be fol- 
lowed of either avenging the death by 
killing the murderer or someone of his 
family, or else making adjustment by the 
payment of a heavy fine. This was far 
more essential than any penalty which the 
Turkish Government could inflict. 

Then there came another day. All the 
honorable men from the surrounding vil- 
lages were called together to make peace 
between the estranged families. Abou 
Musa, the Sheik of Lifta and the most 
honorable of all the honorable men in the 



Judean villages, presided. The story of 
the negotiations in that meeting is a 
lengthy one. There was much talk. Pro- 
posals and counter proposals were made. 
Finally both sides agreed that Abou Musa 
should act as arbitrator and decide 
whether or not peace money should be 
paid by Ahmed, and determine the 
amount. It was his decision that Ahmed 
should pay the sum of thirty pounds 
Egyptian, $150.00, to the family of Mi- 
riam. The setting was a strange one. 
Before daylight on a raw April morning 
Ahmed was called before this group of 
sober honorable Arab men as they were 
seated about the campfire. There was an 
expectant hush and then Abou Musa an- 
nounced the decision— that he, Ahmed, 
must satisfy the family of Miriam by 
paying them the sum of thirty pounds 
Egyptian. There was a moment of quiet 
as Ahmed's thoughts went back to the 
seven years of prison life. He thought of 
the damp, musty cell ; of the stale food ; 
of the chain gang and, then, of the day 
when he was set free from all of these 
and the Government had pronounced him 
a free man. The new demand for the 
payment of an additional fine was more 
than he would endure. Then, to the con- 
sternation of all present, and particularly 
the three American guests, he broke out 
in a tirade against Abou Musa, against 
the village of Hismeh, against the Gov- 
ernment and against his family and his 
enemies. This outburst was followed by 
the most solemn oath known to the Arab 
mind. He swore by all that is good and 
holy, by all the powers of evil, by his own 
head, by the head of his dead mother, by 
Monsour (the honored patron saint of 
Hismeh), by the holy mosque in Jerusa- 
lem, and by Allah above that he would 
never pay a single piaster of the fine im- 
posed. Though we did not understand 
the oath until interpreted by our guide, 
we were impressed by the solemnity of 
what the man had done. He had made 
a solemn oath, the most forceful oath of 
a land abounding in oaths, and had made 
it before the most honored Arab gather- 
ing of that part of Palestine. * * * 
Lacking one detail this is the story of 
the oath. The lacking detail is simply 
this — fifteen minutes later he paid twenty 
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to pay the additional ten pounds within 
a period of ninety days. 

How binding oaths are ! 

— Chicago, 111. 



SECRET SOCIETIES. 

"And have no fellowship with the unfruit- 
ful works of darkness, but rather reprove 
them. For it is a shame even to speak of 
those things which are done of them in 
secret"— (Eph. 5:11, 12). 

The purpose of this article shall be to 
set forth in good faith the principles in 
which secrecy is fundamentally wrong, 
and then to show the proper attitude of 
the Christian Church toward the Lodge 
is that of absolute separation. It will 
not be possible in this brief compass to 
point out every evil in modern secrecy. 
Neither is it needful to discuss the initia- 
tions, obligations, and rates of the three 
hundred or more secret orders of the 
world. It will be sufficient for our pres- 
ent purpose to observe the more apparent 
evils of the more common orders. 

Accepting as true the testimony of 
hundreds of seceding lodgemen ; accept- 
ing as correct the printed rituals of the 
leading lodges ; accepting as a witness 
the testimony of lodgemen- themselves 
relative to the nature and character of 
their lodges ; in a word, suspending judg- 
ment until the evidence is all in; we un- 
hesitatingly make the proposition that no 
man can be a consistent and true Chris- 
tian and at the same time be a true and 
consistent member of any of the leading 
secret, oath-bound fraternities. 

When we say "leading fraternities," 
we mean such as the Freemasons, Odd- 
Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Modern 
Woodmen, the Elks, the Red Men, and 
others. The above proposition we pro- 
pose to defend upon the ground that the 
character, spirit, and workings of mod- 
ern secrecy are fundamentally anti-Chris- 
tian. 

The Foundations of the Lodge. 

The foundations of secrecy are funda- 
mentally anti-Christian. The Christian 
Church is founded upon Jesus Christ and 
upon Him alone (i Cor. 3:11 ; Matt. 
16:18), while the Lodge is founded upon 
something else. Take Free-masonry, for 
example: \n Mackey's Masonic Ritual- 



ist, page 68, Albert G. Mackey, General 
Grand High Priest of the General Grand 
Chapter of the United States, says in 
giving the charge at initiation into the 
first degree: "No institution was ever 
raised on a better principle or more solid 
foundation; nor were more excellent 
rules or useful maxims laid down than 
are inculcated in the several Masonic 
lectures." 

For the foundation on which the super- 
structure of Masonry is erected, we quote 
from the by-laws of the Canton (Ohio) 
Lodge, No. 60. In speaking of the seven 
liberal arts and sciences, The Monitor 
says : "Geometry, the first and noblest of 
sciences, is the basis on which the super- 
structure of Masonry is erected" (page 
56). In giving the moral advantage, it 
says : "By geometry we may curiously 
trace nature through her various wind- 
ings to her most concealed recesses. By 
it we discover the power, wisdom and 
goodness of the Grand Artificer of the 
Universe, and view with delight the pro- 
portions which connect this vast ma- 
chinery" (page 57). 

Taking the verbal testimony from the 
lips of Masonry herself, the most hum- 
ble person can see that she claims geom- 
etry for her foundation as well as her 
means for finding God. The Christian 
Church has Christ for her foundation 
and the Holy Spirit for her guide. 

But we are advised at once by lodge 
men that their institution is founded 
upon the Bible. In answer to this apol- 
ogy, we need simply to quote George W. 
Chase, one of the oldest and best Masonic 
authorities. He says in his Digest of 
Masonic Law, page 206, on this point : 
"To require that a candidate profess a 
belief in the divine authenticity of the 
Bible or a state of future rewards and 
punishments, is a serious innovation in 
the very body of Masonry. ... It 
is anti-Masonic to require any religious 
test, other than that the candidate should 
believe in a god, the creator and govern- 
or of the universe. . . . The Jews, 
the Chinese, the Turks, each reject the 
New Testament, or the Old, or both, and 
yet we see no good reason why they 
should not be made Masons. In fact, 
Blue Lodge Masonry has nothing what- 
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founded on the Bible; if it was it would 
not be Masonry, it would be something 
else." 

Again, Mackey says, in giving the 
XXL Landmark of Masonry, that "It is 
a landmark that a 'Book of the Law' shall 
constitute an indispensable part of the 
furniture of every lodge. I say advisedly, 
a Book of the Law, because it is not ab- 
solutely required that everywhere the Old 
and New Testament shall be used. The 
Book of the Law is that volume which, 
by the religion of the country, is believed 
to contain the revealed will of the Grand 
Architect of the Universe. Hence in all 
lodges in Christian countries the Book of 
the Law is composed of the Old and 
New Testaments; in a country where 
Judaism is the prevailing faith, the Old 
Testament alone would be sufficient ; and 
in Mohammedan countries, and among 
Mohammedan Masons, the Koran might 
be substituted. Masonry does not at- 
tempt to interfere with the peculiar re- 
ligious faiths of its disciples. . . ." 
(Masonic Juris-prudence, page 33). 

So it is at once clear from the words 
of the greatest Masonic authorities that 
the Bible is not, and never was, the 
foundation of their institution ; that Jesus 
Christ is not their chief corner stone, and 
that the Holy Spirit is not their guide into 
the truth. What is true concerning the 
Masonic lodge is to a great extent true 
of all leading lodges. 

Lodge Secrecy Anti- Christian. 

The secrecy of the Lodge is anti- Chris- 
tian. Secrecy is among the first obliga- 
tions laid upon the initiate. Mackey says 
again in his Masonic Ritualist, page 30, 
"The duty of an Entered Apprentice is 
embraced in the virtues of silence and 
secrecy." Christ said, "I spake openly 
to the world ; I ever taught in the syna- 
gogue and in the temple whither the Jews 
always resort ; and in secret have I said 
nothing" (Jno. 18:20). Again Jesus 
said : "Let your light so shine before 
men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which is in 
heaven" (Matt. 5:16). Paul said: "Pro- 
vide things honest in the sight of all 
men" (Rom. 12 \ij) . 

The secrecy of the Lodge is diametri- 
cally opposed to the Gospel spirit of pub- 
licity. The whole spirit of the Gospel is 
that of honesty and publicity, rather than 



that of deceit fulness and secrecy. Every 
act and deed of the Christian should 
stand the test of light and publicity. 
Respecter of Persons. 

As a respecter of persons the Lodge 
is anti-Christian. God says, "Look unto 
me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the 
earth" (Isa. 5:22). Jesus says, "Him 
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast 
out" (Jno. 6:37). Again Jesus said, 
"Come unto me all ye that labor and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest" 
(Matt. 11:28). With God and Jesus 
Christ all men stand on a common level. 
The Christian Church refuses no man, 
rich or poor, white or black, old or young. 
The Church has an open door for all who 
need help. "Whosoever will" may come 
to the waters of life and drink freely. 
The Lodge has an open door for a se- 
lect few who can pass a given physical 
examination. The Lodge has an open 
door for a select number who can quite 
comfortably care for themselves and pay 
their dues. The Lodge is a respecter of 
persons. 

To carry this point a little further, we 
will take for example the obligation of 
the Royal Arch Mason: "I do further- 
more promise and swear, that I will es- 
pouse the cause of a companion Royal 
Arch Mason, when in peril, so far as to 
extricate him from immediate danger." 

On the same point ex-President Finney 
of Oberlin College, says : "Let it be dis- 
tinctly pressed upon their conscience that 
all Masons above the first two degrees 
have solemnly sworn to conceal each 
other's crimes, murder and treason alone 
excepted, and all above the sixth degree 
have sworn to conceal each other's crimes 
without exception. All above the sixth 
degree have sworn to espouse each other's 
cause and deliver them from any difficul- 
ty, whether they be right or wrong" 
(Character, Claims and Practical Work- 
ings of Freemasonry, page 267). 

The Lodge is a respecter of persons in 
extending its charity, so called, to only a 
select few ; she is a respecter of persons 
in preferring her own members to any 
one else of equal, and in many cases, 
higher and nobler qualifications. She is 
a respecter of persons in standing by 
and defending her own members, wheth- 
er they be right or wrong, and in so do- 
ing she establishes two standards of 



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morals. How then, may we ask, can a 
Christian be faithful to his calling, and 
at the same time be a faithful and con- 
sistent member of the Lodge? The 
thought of such a thing is absurd. 
The Lodge's God. 
The god of modern secrecy is not the 
God of the Christian. When the Chris- 
tian speaks of God he means : "The per- 
sonal Spirit, perfectly good, who creates, 
sustains and orders the universe accord- 
ing to the wise, holy and loving character 
and purpose revealed in Jesus Christ ; 
and who, through His Spirit, indwelling 
in man, is ever at work in the world, 
calling men out of their sin and misery 
into the kingdom of God, and, by His 
redemptive grace, transforming individu- 
als and society into the likeness of 
Christ. The name which best expresses 
His character, and which, since Christ, 
has become the characteristic Christian 
name for God, is Father" (Brown, page 

9 8). 

The XIX Landmark of Freemasonry 
says : "Every Mason must believe in the 
existence of God as the Grand Architect 
of the Universe" (Mackey's Juris- 
prudence, page 32). Chase says: "It is 
anti-Masonic to require any religious test, 
other than that the. candidate should be- 
lieve in a god, the Creator and Governor 
of the universe" (Digest of Masonic Law, 
page 206). 

It is evident that the god of modern 
secrecy is deistic. He is a great carpen- 
ter, a bricklayer, or stone mason, who 
built the universe and then went away 
and left it practically alone. The god of 
secrecy is not the imminent God of the 
Christian who is ordering and controlling 
the universe in its utmost details. The 
god of secrecy is not the God of love, 
not the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
not the Good Spirit who is leading men 
out of sin and misery into His Kingdom. 
How, then, can a man be faithful to the 
god of secrecy and the God of the Chris- 
tian at the same time? Is it not absurd 
for a man to undertake such a thing? 
Lodge Oaths. 

The oaths, obligations and penalties of 
modern secrecy are anti-Christian. The 
Entered Apprentice Mason takes the fol- 
lowing or a similar oath : "I , 

of my own free will and accord, in the 
presence of Almighty God, and this wor- 



shipful lodge, erected to Him and ded- 
icated to the Holy Saints John, do here- 
by and hereon, most solemnly and sin- 
cerely promise and swear that I will al- 
ways* hail, ever conceal and never reveal 
any of the secret arts, parts or points of 
the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free- 
masonry, which have been heretofore, 
may at this time, or shall at any future 
period, be communicated to me as such, 
to any person or persons whomsoever, 
except it be a true and lawful brother 
Mason, or within a regularly constituted 
Lodge of Masons, and neither until him 
nor them, until by strict trial, due exam- 
ination, or legal information, I shall have 
found him or them as lawfully entitled 
to the same as I am myself. 

"I, furthermore, promise and swear that 
I will not write, print, paint, stain, cut, 
carve, make nor engrave them, nor cause 
the same to be done, upon anything mov- 
able or immovable, capable of receiving 
the least impression of a word, syllable, 
letter or character, whereby the same 
may become legible or intelligible to any 
person under the canopy of heaven, and 
the secrets of Freemasonry be thereby 
unlawfully obtained through my un- 
worthiness. 

"To all this, I most solemnly and sin- 
cerely promise and swear, with a firm and 
steadfast resolution to keep and perform 
the same without any equivocation, men- 
tal reservation or secret evasion of mind 
whatever, binding myself under a no less 
penalty than that of having my throat 
cut across, my tongue torn out by its 
roots and buried in the rough sands of 
the sea at low water mark, where the tide 
ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four 
hours, should I ever knowingly and will- 
ingly violate this, my solemn oath or ob- 
ligation, as an Entered Apprentice Ma- 
son. So help me God and keep me stead- 
fast in the due performance of the same." 

The Fellow Craft Mason repeats the 
above and takes in addition a number 
more under the following penalty : "To 
all this I most solemnly and sincerely 
promise and swear, with a firm and stead- 
fast resolution to keep and perform the 
same, without any equivocation, mental 
reservation or secret evasion of mind 
whatever, binding myself under no less 
penalty than that of having my left breast 
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given as a prey to the beast of the field 
and the fowls of the air, should I ever 
knowingly violate this, my solemn obliga- 
tion of a Fellow Craft Mason. So help 
me God and keep me steadfast in the due 
performance of the same." 

In the Rank of Page, the Knight of 
Pythias says : "I solemnly promise that 
I will never reveal the pass word, grip, 
signs or any other secret or mystery of 
this rank, except in a lodge of this order, 
recognized by, and under the control of 
the Supreme Lodge, Knights of Pythias 
of the World, or when being examined by 
the proper officers of the lodge, or by one 
whom I know to be a member of this 
rank. . . ." 

"I furthermore promise that I will 
obey the laws and so far as possible, com- 
ply with the requirements of the order. 
I furthermore promise that I will heed 
the teachings of this rank and seek to 
profit thereby, and as I meet the mem- 
bers of this order. I will endeavor to 
exemplify, in my conduct and my de- 
meanor toward them, the principles of 
friendship embodied in the lesson of to- 
night. To the faithful observances of 
this obligation I pledge my sacred word 
of honor. So help me God and keep me 
steadfast." 

These are but a few of the oaths and 
obligations of two of the lodges ; a hun- 
dred more might as easily be given. But 
these are sufficient to reveal the character 
of such oaths and obligations and to show 
their anti-Christian nature. When com- 
pared with the call and duties of the 
Christian, it again reveals the absurdity 
of a Christian allowing himself to be led 
into a lodge room, stripped of his cloth- 
ing, blindfolded and finally allowed a 
pad lock to be placed upon his lips, to re- 
main there through all his natural life. 

(To be continued in the July issue.) 



"The vine that has no trellis loses its 
beauty in the dust, and dies because it 
cannot climb. It is even so with the spirit 
of man. If it cannot climb, it dies." 



ON GROWING OLD. 

BY ROLLIN J. WELLS. 

A little more tired at close of day ; 
A little more anxious to have our way ; 
A little less ready to scold and blame, 
A little more care for a brother's name ; 
And so we are nearing the journey's end, 
Where time and eternity meet and blend. 

A little less care for bonds and gold, 
A little more zest in the days of old, 
A broader view and a saner mind, 
And a little more love for all mankind ; 
And so we are faring adown the way 
That leads to the gates of a better day. 

A little more love for the friends of 

youth, 
A little less zest for established truth, 
A little more charity in our views, 
A little less thirst for the daily news ; 
And so we are folding our tents away 
And passing in silence at close of day. 

A little more leisure to sit and dream, 
A little more real the things unseen, 
A little nearer to those ahead, 
With visions of those long loved and 

dead ; 
And so we are going to where all must go, 
To the place the living must never know. 

A little more laughter, a few more tears, 
And we shall have told our increasing 

years ; 
The book is closed, and the prayers are 

said, 
And we are a part of the countless dead, 
Thrice happy, then, if some soul can say : 
"I live because he has passed my way." 



Bringing men into personal relation to 
the Lord Jesus Christ is the most vital 
and most highly multiplying work which 
a man can do, because Christ is the great 
Fountain Head of vitality. Such work is 
likewise the most enduring because in 
linking men to Christ, we relate them to 
the One who is the same yesterday, to- 
day and forever. — John R. Mott, General 
Secretary, International Committee, 
Young Men's Christian Association. 



"Life is a great opportunity, but it is 
a tragically brief one; today is ours and 
no other day." 



Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and 
thou shalt be saved. Acts xvi. 31, 



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"THE SOCIETY OF THE OPEN 
BIBLE." 

A new organization recently sprung up 
in Whitefield, New Hampshire, called 
'The Society of the Open Bible." May 
this organization increase until its in- 
fluence is felt around the world. Too 
long the Bible has been a closed book. 
Our lodge friends use it as part of the 
lodge room furniture. I never heard of 
a lodge using the Bible in the opening of 
their meetings and then searching for 
Divine truth. If they would give the 
Holy Spirit half a chance, through the 
reading of the Bible, conviction would 
follow and many would "come out from 
among them." But the secret societies 
do not belong to "The Society of the 
Open Bible," hence they are groping on 
in the darkness of sin and degradation. 



iHetos; from Workers; 



Men seek pleasure in the things of this 
world, but true happiness comes only 
through having our treasures laid up 
above. 



He that endureth to the end will re- 
ceive a crown of life, but he that is un- 
faithful is without a single promise. 



WANTED— THREE THOUSAND MEM- 
BERS! 

Why not enlist as an Associate Mem- 
ber of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation ? Our aim, as you know, is to 
point to Jesus Christ as the world's only 
Redeemer and to warn men of the pa- 
ganizing influence of the Lodge which de- 
stroys the soul. Thousands of members 
all over the country are needed to spread 
and continue the good work. Will you 
not become a co-worker in this great 
task? The membership fee is $3 per 
year, which amount includes subscription 
to Christian Cynosure for one year. 



Among the many visitors whom we 
have had the pleasure to welcome at our 
office the past month, were Rev. T. H. 
Vander May, Educational Secretary of 
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; 
Rev. S. G. Brondsema, of Baldwin, Wis- 
consin, and Eastern Secretary W. R. 
Stoddard. We arc always happy to sec 
onr friends and appreciate their calling 
upon us when in Chicago. 



LETTERS FROM FRIENDS. 

How many ministers there are through- 
out the United States that are being cruci- 
fied because of their faithfulness to God 
and His W r ord, no one knows. Undoubt- 
edly, the number is great. Modernists 
and lodge ministers generally are aggres- 
sive and in the limelight, and one gets 
the impression that of the faithful there 
are not even "seven thousand" left. This 
thought came to us as we read in a 
recent letter that Rev. , a Presby- 
terian pastor of Iowa, had been induced 
to join the Masons. He was a good 
Christian, and his conscience troubled 
him, and though he had a Board of 
Masonic Elders, he gave the church to 
understand that he was through with the 
Masonic institution, and that "put the fat 
in the fire." Of course he was crucified, 
and had to move on, but he was following 
his Master, and also the example of the 
great apostle who said : "We preach 
warning every man, and teaching every 
man in all wisdom ; that we may present 
every man perfect in Christ Jesus." (Col. 
1:28). 



The working of the Spirit of God 
among lodge ministers is shown by 
another letter recently received from a 
pastor in a state bordering upon the one 
mentioned above. He writes : "I used 
to be a lodge man ; was a member of the 
'Knights and Ladies of Security ;' 'Wood- 
men of the World ;' 'Independent Order 
of Odd-Fellows ;' and of the 'Masonic 
Lodge.' But God opened my eyes to the 
evil of them, and thank God I have been 
delivered. It breaks my heart to see the 
preachers and church officers working so 
hard for their lodges by pulling young 
men into them." 



An Eastern business man writes: "I 
have been reading a number of your 
tracts, lately, and, as I am a former 
Mason, 1 appreciate them very much. I 
was only a member of the lodge long 
enough to receive my degree and attend 
one 'communication.' I could stand it no 



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longer, so I 'came out from among them,' 
and separated myself." 



a year, doesn't it ? Well, I got more out 
of it than that? You bet, L do, "as the 
Western farmer would say." 



A Lutheran minister of Pennsylvania 
joined the Odd-Fellows before his con- 
version to Christ, but wrote that he had 
to leave the lodge as soon as he was con- 
verted. He urges the churches to be on 
their guard against receiving lodge mem- 
bers into fellowship. 



A soldier in the late World War, from 
the State of Kansas, was a College 
graduate and able to speak several foreign 
languages, and soon became an expert in 
the "Signal Corps" and was also made 
use of by the government in committees 
sent during the war to Germany and 
Italy. He opposed the Masonic propa- 
ganda which was being carried on in the 
army, and the lodge saw to it that he did 
not receive any promotion. 

Such lodge persecution has been the 
history in all the wars in which our be- 
loved country has had part, from that of 
the Civil War to the present day. It was 
especially evident even in the Y. M. C. A. 
army organization during the late World 
War. 



Our readers have become very favor- 
ably acquainted during the past few 
months with Rev. J. P. Aurelius, pastor 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
Fremont, Kansas, through his articles in 
the late numbers of the Cynosure. The 
secret lodges used to treat him with great 
disdain, but they lost out, because their 
very attitude made him popular among 
all true Christians, and members of the 
church, so they changed and showed him 
special outward respect. A friend of his 
asked a high Mason one day what was 
the cause of their change, and he an- 
swered: "We follow the admonition of 
the apostle in Romans 12:20 by 'heaping 
coals of fire' on our enemy's head, and 
so 'overcome evil with good.' " We 
should smile! 



We quote from a letter from Rev. J. 
B. Van den Hoek, of Hills, Minne- 
sota: "Received the Cynosure today. 
Expect to get at least one dollar's worth 
of information or encouragement out of 
this month's issue. That means $12,000 



One of the most indefatigible and self- 
sacrificing laborers in our held of work 
is brother J. T. Cullor. He writes under 
date of April 22nd, 1923, from Sabinal, 
Texas : 

"I wish to thank the Secretary of the 
National Christian Association for 
the way in which he has kept in touch 
with me for the last five months — writ- 
ing me, and sending literature to many 
different places. 

'T have labored in and through North 
Carolina, Florida, W T est Georgia, Ala- 
bama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and thus 
far, in Texas, viz., to Sabinal. 

"My way of laboring, as a rule, is with 
individuals. It is not every one that 
will allow me to talk to him of the sin 
of organized secrecy, of the righteousness 
required by the Lord Jesus Christ and of 
the judgment to come. 

"One day in a drive of 120 miles, I 
talked with 17 persons and sold three 
Cynosures and gave out tracts. The next 
day I drove about 150 miles, and talked 
with 18 persons, sold five Cynosures, 
and distributed tracts. The average 
number talked with face to face, per day, 
however, has been about four. 

"Much of the country through which I 
have travelled is largely settled with 
Catholics, and I found them as a rule hard 
to talk with. 

"A farmer who rode part way with me 
one day, said : T am a Catholic' I told 
him that I pitied him. If I were sick 
and lying out in that timber I could turn 
my face heavenward and ask Jesus 
directly for my recovery, but I said you 
could not do that because you must have 
an intermediary, and a priest present 
through whom to direct your prayers 
and probably it would cost you money 
also. I directed him to feed upon the 
Word of God, and then he would have 
a healthy spiritual body. I warned him 
against the false teaching and teachers of 
the present day and against the evils of 
organized secrecy. He thanked me for 
my talk very heartily, which he said had 
done him very much good. He then 
bought a copy of the Cynosure, and gave 
me a hearty handshake, and said : 'God 



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bless you in your good work.' I might 
mention many similar cases. I remem- 
ber one colored man, J. D. Wilson, of 
Baldwin, Louisiana, who said that he was 
a Mason, and a member practically of 
all the different secret orders in the state. 
He became very much interested in my 
exposition of the truth. He wanted me 
to stay with him a week and promised 
me successful meetings, but I told him 
that I could start the fires in different 
places, but those that became interested 
must keep them burning. Another man 
in the same town ,said : 'I thank you 
very much for the talk you have given 
me/ " 

"From the depths of my heart I am 
reluctant to stop this work, even for a 
short time, but as I pay my own travel- 
ing expenses I must stop for a while and 
earn some money. 

"I dare not stop my letter without men- 
tioning my old and tried friend, Mr. F. 
J. Davidson of New Orleans, where I 
stayed for three days, and I spoke to his 
people at different times. They are few 
in number but seem to be fervent in 
spirit. 

"You may send me fifty late numbers 
of the Cynosure, and some tracts to 
Sabinal, Texas." 



The Superintendent of a Rescue Mis- 
sion in one of the tenement districts of 
Chicago called at my office recently for 
advice relative to some Christian work he 
was doing. In the course of our conver- 
sation he told me the story of his con- 
version — how God had come into his life 
and wrought a marvelous change and 
how His blessing has been added daily 
to his efforts in leading men to Christ. 

I asked him what was his relation to 
the lodge and his opinion as to the stand 
a Christian should take in regard to this 
matter. He replied, "When the Lord 
came into my life I became completely 
changed. I was convinced and still feel 
that it is wrong for a truly converted 
man to retain membership in a secret or- 
ganization, for to be a soul winner and a 
lodge worker is incompatible. I belonged 
to three secret societies and my greatest 
objection to them was their denial of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. In the lodge there is 
only man worship — Christ is ignored. 



When I committed my life into the hands 
of Jesus Christ I was compelled to with- 
draw from secret associations and since 
I have cut loose and "come out from 
among them," as the Lord has com- 
manded, I find a sweet peace in my soul 
that I never before experienced. I am 
growing in grace and He has been pleased 
to use me for the salvation of precious 
souls." 

My friend also mentioned that since 
giving up the lodge and because he be- 
lieves in the simple story of the Cross and 
the cleansing power of the blood from all 
sin, he has been persecuted and even his 
own people have ignored him. 

A. H. Leaman. 



I met a number of men recently who 
have given up the lodge, and who now 
have a clear testimony for God. To such 
men let me say a word* of encouragement. 
The secret of victory lies in the decision 
we make. Deciding that we are through 
with the lodge settles the matter. There 
is no struggle until we make this decision ; 
then the fight begins. It is our part to 
choose to do right. It is God's part to 
furnish the power and give us the vic- 
tory. And He will never fail. 

When we are willing to withstand the 
enemy that battles against us, even unto 
death if necessary, the victory is ours. 
God gives us many promises which are 
full of encouragement and comfort. Let 
us have faith in God in our struggle for 
right. The Lord would send all the 
•mighty hosts of heaven to our rescue 
rather than allow one of His struggling 
saints to be overcome by the Confederacy 
of Evil. 

A. H. Leaman. 



EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

By Rev. W. B. Stoddard. 
My travels become more pleasant as 
the sun gets higher and the flowers in- 
crease. The belated Spring has arrived 
at last. It is perhaps more difficult to 
think of darkness loving things when 
there is so much of light and beauty. 
The daily papers as usual are revealing 
much concerning the lodges. On may 
1 2th, we read in the Chicago Daily News, 
that certain Indianapolis, Indiana, people 
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restrain certain others, whom they men- 
tioned, from publishing the grips, pass- 
words, rituals, pledges, names of mem- 
bers, etc., which they allege are in their 
possession. It would seem that the people 
belonging to this so-called "one hundred 
per cent American Christian institution" 
do not wish to have even their names 
known ! The finding of the supposed re- 
mains of a former Northwestern Uni- 
versity student is also filling columns 
of the various papers with accounts of 
investigations of the hazing of students 
and the activities of secret fraternities. 
In Masonic language "So mote it be !" 

Following my last report, I spent a 
very pleasant Sabbath with friends at 
Huntington, Indiana. The College stu- 
dent body gave me a fine attentive hear- 
ing in the morning, and a Radical United 
Brethren Church in the center of the 
town a hearing in the evening. As there 
were four invitations to dinner at the 
close of the morning services, I thought 
best to remain a day longer. Bishop 
Johnson told of a Christian Workers' 
Convention at Tipton, Indiana. He said 
their association had twenty-two churches 
and about five thousand members. I 
was glad to accept his invitation and 
address those who gathered. Before I 
was introduced, or perhaps by way of 
introduction, he told the people he must 
have fifteen dollars for the speaker, and 
proceeded to gather the amount. It was 
a new experience and of course quite 
interesting. The offering might not have 
been so great had it been taken after 
I spoke. Two days with my sister and 
brother and our good friends at India- 
napolis, Indiana, passed all too quickly. 

Chicago has been the center of my 
activities for the past three weeks. I 
have been privileged to bring messages 
to three Mennonite Missions, the Hum- 
boldt Park Free Methodist Church, the 
Englewood Christian Reformed High 
School, and the First and Second Chris- 
tian Reformed Churches of Englewood 
(Chicago), addressing the Men's Bible 
class only at the latter place. I also 
addressed the students at Wheaton Col- 
lege ; three hundred young men in Con- 
cordia College, River Forst, Illinois, 
where they are training to become teachers 
of Lutheran Schools, and the Churches 
of the Brethern at Batavia, and Elgin, 



Illinois. A delightful visit with our 
Lutheran friends at Glenview, Illinois, 
helped much. Arrangements for addresses 
in Lutheran Churches at Oak Park and 
Elgin, Illinois are being made. The 27th 
of May, God willing, I am to address 
audiences in Christian Reformed Churches 
in Roseland, Illinois. 

We pray God's blessings to rest upon 
our Annual Meeting, convening May 
28th, as important decisions will be con- 
sidered. 

I have just come from Elgin, Illinois. 
Calling on friends living near a monu- 
mental factory, I paused to read the 
inscription beautifully carved on a granite 
stone. It read "Masonic Temple," etc. 
"5,923 A. L.," etc. A voice back of me 
said "Are you going downtown?" I 
stepped into the proferred auto and 
found myself with an ardent Mason, who 
said they were to lay the stone to-night, 
May 14th, and inquired if I was a mem- 
ber of the Masonic fraternity. I re- 
plied that as a Christian, I could not be. 
This seemed to surprise him, and I was 
soon giving reasons and tracts. He 
spoke as if he thought belief in a Supreme 
Being was all that was required to be a 
Christian. I credit him with more in- 
telligence as they date their organization 
from the "year of light" and supposedly 
have been getting light for over five thou- 
sand years. If the date on the stone is 
correct they should soon be filled with 
light. So mote it be !" 

—Wheaton, 111. 



We regret our failure to publish in the 
May Cynosure a portion of Eastern Sec- 
retary W. B. Stoddard's report for 
March. We give it herewith and though 
the news comes late, it will be of interest 
to our readers. — Editor. 

I almost forgot to relate my bank ex- 
periences while in the South. I wished 
a check cashed. At the first bank I found 
a Mr. Green was cashier. He cashed my 
check without question. At the second 
bank I was referred to a Mr. Coleman, 
who proceeded to investigate. He wished 
to know if I had a Masonic or other 
identification slip. I told him I was not 
a Mason and if he had any doubts he 
better not cash my check. He gave me 
the money. However, men don't have to 



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get the Masonic tab on them to get help 
when traveling. Had I presented all the 
Masonic signs to be had and had no other 
evidence of honesty I would likely have 
gone without the money. My hurry to 
the East was because of an invitation 
sent me to address the Men's Bible Class 
of the Madison Avenue Christian Re- 
formed Church, Paterson, New Jersey, 
on the evening of March 5th. I accepted 
the invitation and the contribution they 
gave me in aid of the work. It was 
thought several young men were pre- 
vented from joining lodges by that ad- 
dress. Some expressed their intention to 
keep out. The alligator looks different 
with mouth open than when he sleeps in 
the sunshine. 

The Free Gospel Church of Corona 
has a new pastor in the person of Rev. 
S. G. Payne. Brother Payne gave me a 
kindly hearing and commended my work 
to his people. Brother Lagville was 
found in usual sympathy and his "Proph- 
ets Chamber" was again at my dis- 
posal. Several Christian Reformed and 
Holland Reformed churches in this sec- 
tion are arranging to give me a hearing. 
My address for next Sabbath afternoon 
is with the new church meeting in the 
Holland Y. M. C. A. building, Paterson, 
N. J., Rev. Mr. Bouma, pastor. Yester- 
day I met in conference with Lutheran 
pastors of the Missouri Synod in 145th 
Street, New York. Time was given me 
to speak of lodge conditions and my re- 
cent trip South. Much interest was 
manifest though the audience was not 
as large as is usual. There have been 
many funerals. I learn our good friend 
Rev. L. Larson, president of the National 
Lutheran Council, died suddenly at Erie, 
Pennsylvania, while pushing his work. 
He was a Cynosure reader and seem- 
ingly died too young. God knows. 

I was glad to learn our good friend 
and former N. C. A. representative, who 
is now pastor of a large Presbyterian 
Church in Brooklyn, New York, Rev. 
Edwin D. Bailey, I). D., is recovering 
from a very serious sickness which took 
him close to the other world. Christ 
saves to the uttermost all who come to 
hiin. Bless God for the light that out- 
shines the darkness! 



"LIZZIE WOOD'S LETTER." 

Dear Cynosure : 

This letter is written at my home in 
Omaha, Nebraska, after a long absence 
— since the 24th of November last year. 
I have been spending the winter in Flori- 
da, the beautiful land of flowers. 

My last letter told of my experiences at 
Daytona, Florida. I left that city the 
19th of March for Hopkins, Florida, 
where I stopped for two evenings. We 
had good services in Hopkins but the 
Devil got mad as usual when I began to 
uncover his sins. Some of the men went 
out while I taught against the sin of se- 
cret societies and all other sin. A man 
said to me, "The Ku-Klux Klan ought to 
be broken up." I said, "Well you will 
find there are Masons who are members 
of the Ku-Klux Klan and if a man is a 
Mason and not a K. K. K. he will have 
to help his brother who is a Klansman 
for he has promised to protect his 
brother Masons. He said, "Yes that is 
a bad mess ! Some time ago a white 
evangelist came from Indiana and held 
services here. They invited the Negroes 
to come out to the meetings but the Klan 
came and told us to get out of the tent. 
Then the white minister had to leave 
Hopkins. The Ku-Klux Klan told that 
white minister that we were genuine 
Florida 'crackers' and that they would 
not stand for Negroes and white peo- 
ple worshiping together." I said, Now 
don't you see the great sin? They have 
sworn to do such things as that, but God 
is not pleased. They do not protest when 
white and colored people get together for 
wicked purposes but when they come to- 
gether to worship God they are told it 
isn't allowed. 

I left Hopkins for the town of Clif- 
ford where only a few people came out 
on account of the rainy weather but those 
who did come bade me Godspeed and 
said "You are right!"' 

My next stop was at Fort Pierce 
where I stayed two nights and then left 
the Devil raging while 1 continued my 
way to Miami, where I held services in 
a big tent. We had all kinds of Devils 
out at Miami — little devils, big devils, 
white devils and black devils. When I 
talked about lodges they all began to 
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have been all the way to the 33rd degree 
of Masonry. Black Masonry is the most 
wicked thing I ever went into." I asked 
himi, ''What do you mean by Black 
Masonry ?" He said, " Well, the white 
people say we are nothing but clandes- 
tine Masons, and that we do not have the 
secrets of the white man; but I know 
this much — we have enough, if we stay 
in, to curse us all. I quit the Masons 
years ago. Every degree I entered they 
said they would show me real Masonry 
and when I took the last degree I was a 
bigger fool than ever 'couse I didn't 
know a whit more. There are bad folks 
down here in Miami and I like your 
pluck in telling the people of their sins." 
I said to him, "You black folks have just 
what the white people have — they have 
Hell and you have the same. Now, if I 
haven't the white Mason's secrets why 
do some of them get so mad about it? 
Why at Bogalusa, Louisiana, they became 
so ripping mad they put one of our work- 
ers in jail because she gave out anti- 
secret tracks to the people." 

I left Miami for Orlando. Here I 
stayed two nights. At one meeting a 
woman got up and said, "I am a member 
of the lodge and a member of the church. 
Why can't a person be a member of the 
Church of God in Christ and stay in the 
lodge? I joined the lodge when a mem- 
ber of a Baptist church and no one ever 
told me it was wrong." I said, "If you 
read 'Hitchcock's Baptist Directory' you 
will find that the Baptists have gone away 
from their old landmarks. Many years 
ago their members were forbidden to be- 
long to secret orders, to go to theaters, to 
dance, to drink whiskey, or even raise to- 
bacco. But now the church has let the 
Devil in and God has given them up to 
their idols" (Hosea 4:17-18). She said, 
"I am willing to give up the lodge to- 
night," and I answered, "That's right, 
sister. Churches of all denomination 
must please God and do as he says or 
check their baggage for Hell. 'God can- 
not lie' (Titus 1:2) nor 'change not' 
(Mai. 3 :6) for 'God is not a man, that he 
should lie, neither the son of man, that 
he should repent : hath He said and will 
He not do it? Or hath He spoken and 
will He not make it good?' (Num. 
23:19). Then we read in 2 Cor. 6:17, 
'Come out from among them and be ye 



separate.' " I was glad to see the woman 
break down in tears and give up her 
lodge that night. 

After leaving Orlando I stopped at 
Tampa, Florida. The people said, "We 
are glad to have you come back to Tam- 
pa." People usually like me better the 
second time they hear me. I took the 
Word of God and hit the Devil such a 
blow until the people could not stand it 
and began reading the Bible for them- 
selves to learn the truth. 

I then left Tampa for Valdosta, Geor- 
gia. I was in this town last year. The 
pastor did not want me to speak about 
the lodges. I got down on my knees 
and my Heavenly Father put words in- 
to my mouth. I said, "You know Lord, 
there are more Negroes than white peo- 
ple here in Georgia — more than in any 
other southern state, but Lord you can 
take the fear of man away from me." I 
got up of! my knees with a song of vic- 
tory in my soul, and that night without 
fear I took God's Word and stripped 
that preacher and his congregation and 
all the white folks, of all the things they 
thought were good in the lodge. There 
are always some white folks out to hear 
what the Negroes are talking about and 
so they found out that night that God is 
no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35). 
The Lord's Word emptied them out 
(Nahum 2:3). After I closed my ser- 
mon the preacher looked as if he was 
sick. He did not know what to talk 
about, so he took an offering which 
amounted to twenty dollars and gave me 

$i.S- 

I left Valdosta, Georgia, the 16th of 
April for Atlanta. One night I hit the 
Devil a hard blow and then went on to 
Birmingham, Alabama, the next night and 
after a short stop continued my way to 
Joplin, Missouri, to attend the Holiness 
State Meeting. 

We met the Ku-Klux Klan at Joplin. 
This State Meeting is held by the colored 
people but there many white people at- 
tend and worship with us. One night a 
white man, an engineer, whose home is 
in Moberly, Missouri, stood up and tes- 
tified how the Lord had saved him from 
sin. There were two hundred or more 
white people present that evening and 
they heard his testimony. The next eve- 
ning some officers came out to the meet- 



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ing with pistols buckled on them and 
after all had entered the Prosecuting At- 
torney came up on the platform and drove 
this white brother off and said that they 
would not allow white and colored peo- 
ple to worship together. The white 
brother got off the platform and wept 
with many tears. He left the city the 
next day but all the other white people, 
most of them women, stayed and they 
prayed and testified. The next evening 
another officer came to the tent and called 
the preacher aside and told him there 
were thirteen men outside the tent the 
night before waiting to take that en- 
gineer and give him a beating. While 
this officer of the law was talking I looked 
at him and said, "Well what good is the 
law in America, if our officers will stand 
by and know and see thirteen men wait- 
ing for an innocent man to harm him 
just because he was worshiping God to- 
gether with colored people?" You see 
they are trying to keep the white people 
away from our meetings. 

The Ku-Klux Klan sent a message to 
this same church last year signed by 
them in which they commanded the pas- 
tor to put out a sign, "No White People 
Allowed," but the pastor told them that 
he wouldn't do it, for Jesus said, "If I be 
lifted up from the earth I will draw all 
men unto me." 

This pastor told the officer after I had 
talked to him that there were many na- 
tionalities, and both black and white peo- 
ple attending this Holiness State Meeting 
in Joplin and as the Lord did not tell him 
to just preach to Black people but to all 
nations (Math. 19:20), he was going 
ahead and do what the Lord wanted. 
Then after he had preached this little 
sermon to the officer he said, "If you 
want the white people to stay away you'll 
have to put up the signs. There are some 
mighty nice white people attending our 
services and we don't intend to drive 
them away. Anyway, Joplin is the first 
city where we've ever had any trouble be- 
cause white and colored folks worshiped 
together." Then the officer told him to 
come down to a certain place and he 
would receive a good offering. I told this 
pastor not to accept any offering from 
the K. K. K. God's church is able to 
get along without their help. 

I had a chance to speak that very night 



and asked an officer of the law who was 
present and looking right at me, "What 
is the matter with the folks in Joplin? 
Don't you know that you can't make peo- 
ple stop from worshiping God in the 
beauty of holiness?" Then I told the 
people, "I am going to talk to the col- 
ored Masons tonight. Let the white 
Masons hold their peace for you say the 
Negroes are clandestine Masons. So I'll 
expect no kick coming from any of you 
when I show my people the sin of Ma- 
sonry." I showed them the sin of the 
oath to which all Masons swear. Then I 
told the Odd-Fellows that "I am talking 
to the black United Odd-Fellows, not the 
Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, as 
the white men call themselves. So there'll 
be no fuss from any of you white folks !" 
Well, I told my people of the sin of these 
lodges, the white lodge-men stood by and 
stared at me with their mouths open won- 
dering what would come next. One 
white man met a colored friend on the 
street the next day and said, "That lady 
sure did give the white people a roasting 
as well as the Negroes !" 

I thank God for every opportunity of 
testifying for Him. 

Mrs. L. W. Robertson. 



By the time our readers receive the 
June issue of the Cynosure, our Annual 
Meeting will be a thing of history. We 
wish our many friends could have been 
present and enjoyed the fine spirit, and 
the Christian fellowship. Everyone spoke 
in tones of appreciation of God's bless- 
ings upon the work during the past year 
and of their hopefulness for a successful 
future. Our July issue will contain, a 
number of interesting reports. Especially 
will you enjoy the report of Secretary 
Wm. I. Phillips. 

We bespeak good things for our read- 
ers in our next number of the Cynosure. 



SOUTHERN AGENT'S REPORT. 

By Rev. F. J. Davidson. 
March was a very trying month for my 
family, as Mrs. Davidson and two of our 
children were very sick. They are well 
again for which we thank the Lord. 
1 We had a Mr. G. W. Chandler of 
Montgomery, Alabama, in New Orleans, 
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lodges of the "United Order of Good 
Shepherds of the United States of Amer- 
ica." He spoke one day to the Interde- 
nominational Alliance of ministers in 
New Orleans and was highly commended. 
The President of the Alliance introduced 
him as one of the great leaders and 
educators of the Negro race, a Notary 
Public and a Justice of the Peace in the 
State of Alabama. In his talk, Mr. 
Chandler told of the benefits to be derived 
by joining the Good Shepherds which he 
declared own 4,000 acres of land in 
Alabama, and have some 3,000 members 
in Ohio and about 2,000 in Pennsylvania. 
Membership in the order, he declared, will 
greatly help solve the Negro problem and 
enable the Negro to vote by making him 
a property holder by virtue of being a 
stockholder in the Good Shepherds. He 
assured the Alliance that he would make 
each minister a member free of charge 
and equip him with all necessary pre- 
requisites, while it would cost $2 cash 
for all other joiners initiated into the 
Order. This offer lasted only while Mr. 
Chandler was in the city ; after he left, 
the fee to join would be $8 per capita, 
he said. His brother, a Rev. Mr. Chan- 
dler, pastor of the First M. E. Church 
(Colored) of Mobile, Alabama, accom- 
panied the Good Shepherd promoter and 
founder. He urged the ministers to sup- 
port the movement. It is strange indeed 
to see ministers of the Gospel who are 
readers and supposed-to-be doers of the 
Word of God, so very easily beguiled 
and led into these secret slum pits of 
iniquity. 

During the month of April, I attended 
the 60th Annual Session of the First 
District Baptist Association made up of 
some eighty churches, 10,000 communi- 
cants about 125 ordained preachers. This 
Association owns and supports an Old 
Widows' Home with twenty-two inmates. 
They also recently voted to purchase a 
square of ground in the suburbs of New 
Orleans to erect a theological seminary 
and training school. I was privileged 
to conduct devotional exercises and de- 
liver an address before this Association. 
I was. Recording Secretary of this Asso- 
ciation from 1890 to 1903, when I re- 
signed to go to Tacoma, Washington. 
During that time, there were not more 
than six or eight lodge preachers in its 



membership. Alas, Ephraim is now 
joined to his idols and 65% of the entire 
membership of this Association is now 
lodge adherents. Though my attitude 
toward the Lodge is known, I was very 
courteously received and entertained by 
the Association. 

I have preached in several New Or- 
leans Churches the past month, and at 
each place, I explained the wicked in- 
fluences of secretism and urged obedience 
to the Bible. 

Brother J. C. Cullor of Unionville, 
Missouri, who has been spending the 
winter down in Florida, spent three days 
with me here in New Orleans. He spoke 
twice in my church to the delight of my 
people. Brother Cullor is a true Chris- 
tian and a believer and doer of the Word 
of God. His visit was a source of great 
encouragement and inspiration to me. 

During the month of April, I visited 
sixty homes, where I read the Bible, 
prayed and discussed the lodge question. 
Rev. F. E. M. Hercules, D. D. conducted 
a ten days evangelistic service in my 
church. He showed from Bible authority 
that Fliram and Solomon, Jesus Christ, 
St. John and the Apostles were not Free- 
masons, as has been claimed. Although 
he denounced the lodge system, the rum 
element and every other sin, his audiences 
were large each night. He is a powerful 
man of God and fearless in defending the 
truth and condemning sin. 



Attention is called to a typographical 
error on page 15 of the May number of 
the Cynosure. In the article by Rev. 
Dr. Aurelius the quotation from Murr- 
man's "Threefold Indictment of Secret 
Orders," which follows, lacked the quo- 
tation marks : 

"The Devil has a wonderful success in 
persuading men that there is a saving vir- 
tue in merely being religious. The Spir- 
itualist, the Theosophist, the Christian 
Scientist, the Mormon, the Buddhist, and 
the Hindu are all of them intensely re- 
ligious, and perhaps the most religious of 
them all is the Mohammedan Turk who is 
more cruel, barbarous and devilish just 
because he is so intensely religious." 



Sin makes the countenance guilty, but 
salvation makes the downcast face to 
shine with innocence. 



MODERN PROPHETS of BAAL 

OR 

WATCHMEN on ZION'S WALLS 

By President C. A. Blanchard. 

This is a tract especially intended for ministers. The term Baalism in referring to 
Masonry is used figuratively. "If we say Lord to any one who is not God, then we 
are worshipers of Baal and if we, who are religious teachers, call any one Lord 
except the true God, then we are prophets of Baal." This tract, in addition to setting 
forth the real relation of Masonic ministers to a heathen system, also gives the reasons 
why Christian preachers become prophets of Baal. 

In the appendix there is a chapter on Masonic Theology, taken from Mackey's "Masonic 
Ritualist", the author being the well known Past General Grand High Priest of the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States. There is also A Word to Bible Students, by Dean 
J. M. Gray, D. D., of the Moody Bible Institute, and there is a page of Bible quotations 
which are important in this connection. 

Thirty-two pages; Single copies three cents, per hundred, $2.00 postpaid. 



Address 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago Ills. 






There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answered 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have 1 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 



NOBILITY 

True worth is in being, not seeming; 

In doing each day that goes by 
Some little good things — not in dreaming 

Of great things to do by and by; 
For whatever men say in their blindness, 

And spite of their fancies in youth, 
There's nothing so kingly as kindness, 

And nothing so royal as truth. 



We get back our mete as we measure — 

We cannot do wrong and do right. 
Nor can we give pain and feel pleasure, 

For justice avenges each slight. 
The air for the wing of the sparrow, 

The bush for the robin and wren, 
But always the path that is narrow 

And straight for the children of men. 

'Tis not in the pages of story 

The heart of its ill to beguile, 
Though he who makes courtship to glory 

Gives all that he hath for a smile. 
And when from her heights he has won her, 

Alas! it is only to prove 
There's nothing so royal as honor, 

And nothing so loyal as love! 

We cannot make bargains for blisses, 

Nor catch them like fishes in nets; 
And sometimes the thing our life misses 

Helps more than the things which it gets; 
For good lieth riot in pursuing, 

Nor gaining of great or of small, 
But just in the doing, and doing 

As we would be done by, is all. 

— Alice Cary. 



We learn from the Chicago Evening 
Post of April 18th, that the Illinois 
House of Representatives have taken 
action looking towards the suppression 
of the Ku-Klux Klan. Representative 
Roberts, Republican, Chicago, delivered 
a long speech in which he said: "We 
must destroy the Ku-Klux Klan,, or it 
will destroy us." We infer that he meant 
will destroy the Masonic supremacy in 
the Illinois House of Representatives. 



SPECIAL COURT FOR SHRINERS. 

Washington, May 28. — (New York 
Times). — A "special court" to try the 
cases of Shriners who are arrested for 
misdeameanors during Shrine week, June 
4 to 10 inclusive, has been established 
and enters upon its duties today. Nine- 
teen "justices" will preside with Isaac R. 
Hitt, former United States Commis- 
sioner, as the "Chief Justice." There will 
be fifty "Judge Advocates" or prosecu- 
tors and the clerical force will number 
23 and be in charge of William S. Adkin, 
assistant clerk of the District of Columbia 
Supreme Court. 

The police have been instructed to turn 
all Shriners over to this tribunal after 
ascertaining that the Shriners prefer the 
"Shrine. Court" to the regular court. 
The new tribunal will be housed in the 
National Guard Armory." — New York 
Times, Washington, May 28, 1923. 

Have you read this carefully? Read it 
again ! "A Special Court to try the cases 
of Shriners." These amiable men, the 
best the country can produce ; these 
morally .upright men, who respect the 
laws of God and man want a special court 
to try the cases of Shriners ! What, are 
these men capable of misdemeanors? 
Did you ever read of a Christian Church 
in convention who wanted a "Special 
Court" to try the cases of the Christians 
who might be arrested for misdemeanors ? 

Lest we forget, what do these men 
want? They want a "Special Court." 
Can it truly be? Do not these Shriners 
tell us that they obey the laws of God 
and the laws of their country? Why, 
then, do they want a special Court? If 
they obey the laws of God, they need no 
court, and if they do not obey the laws 
of the country, why then should they not 
be satisfied with the courts of our coun- 
try? 



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The answer is obvious. They fear that 
justice will be meted out to them, they 
fear that certain penalties may be im- 
posed, and that the newspapers may ex- 
pose some of their "misdemeanors." The 
police must, therefore, first learn of Gen- 
tleman Shriner what court he prefers. 
Naturally he will prefer the "special 
court" conducted by the Shriners who 
have already foresworn themselves to 
protect one another. A sort of a "mock 
trial" will then be conducted, perhaps 
amidst laughter, and then the Shriner is 
free to commit another misdemeanor. 
These are the men who respect the laws 
of their country, and at the same time 
object to the courts of their country, 
whose sacred duty it is to punish the cul- 
prit and protect the innocent ! 

Oh, when will the bootlegger, the auto- 
mobile thief, the murderer, and all others 
who are ever defying the laws of our 
country rise up and in each band of out- 
laws demand a "Special Court" or insist 
upon establishing their own courts? 

When will our people learn to look 
upon the Shriners and all secret orders 
in general and brand them as a malicious 
law-defying aggregation of evil doers? 

I see not how any man who has an 
ounce of manhood in him can longer want 
to be affiliated with such an organization. 
May God give us strength to fight the 
good fight of faith, and by the preaching 
of the gospel save many from the deadly 
lodge octopus. 

Rev. H. R. Lindke. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 



ANCIENT ORDER UNITED WORK- 
MEN 

Fargo, N. Dak., March 7th, 1921. 
Mr. Albert O. Nelson, Route 2, Box 19, 

Maddock, N. Dak. 

Dear Mr. Nelson: 

I have for acknowledgment your favor 
of the 1st instant, and take great pleasure 
in answering your questions in the order 
in which asked. 

Question No. 1 : "Is membership in 
the A. O. U. W. for good, healthy young 
men ?" 

Answer : Any good, healthy person 
between the ages of sixteen and sixty 
years of age is eligible for membership. 

Q. No. 2. "Is the Order a Christian 
institution?" 



A. It is founded upon the 13th Chap- 
ter of I Corinthians. 

Q. No. 3. "Does it use a Bible?" 

A. It does. 

Q. No. 4. "Has it a burial ceremony?" 

A. It has, and a beautiful one. 

Q. No. 5. "Has it a ritual in compli- 
ance with the insurance laws of the states 
in which it operates?" 

A. It has. 

Q. No. 6. "Are its ceremonies intended 
to teach some Bible lesson, if so, what?" 

A. The great lesson of charity. A 
charity which consists not alone in the 
giving of alms, but in every commendable 
virtue. 

Trusting this information will be of 
interest to you, I am 

Sincerely yours, 
(Signed) E. J. Moore, 
Grand Recorder, A. O. U. W. 



There is a place where thou canst 
touch the eyes 
Of blinded men to instant perfect 
sight ; 
There is a place where thou canst say 
"Arise" 
To dying captives bound in chains of 
might ; 
There is a place where thou canst reach 
the store 
Of hoarded gold and free it for the 
Lord; 
There is a place upon some distant 
shore 
Where thou canst send the worker 
or the word. 
There is a place where God's resistless 
power 
Responsive moves to thine insistent 
plea. 
There is a place — a simple trusting 
place 
Where God Himself descends and 
fights for thee. 
Where is that blessed place? Dost thou 
ask where? 
O, soul, it is the secret place of 
prayer. 



"I will bless thee, and thou shalt be a 
blessing." Such was the promise of God 
to Abraham. God blesses pecTple in order 
that they may be a blessing. 



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MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint 
the^following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For ma ny> I years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served. — Editor.] 



Attempts to Kill Rev. D. P. Rathburn. 

There are other instances which are 
simply attempts which did not result in 
actual murder. The following are of this 
description : 

Rev. D. P. Rathbun has been for more 
than twelve years a minister in good 
standing in the Wesleyan Methodist con- 
nection. He was formerly a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, but some years 
vsince made public renunciation. Since 
then he has given much time to lecturing 
on Freemasonry, and has labored to show 
its un-Christian and anti-republican char- 
acter. For these reasons he has been an 
object of hatred and violent persecution. 
Several times he has been assailed and 
his life seriously endangered. At one 
time he was enticed from his house by a 
great noise being made at the stable 
where his horse was kept. He was seized 
by a party of men, carried to a pond, into 
which he was thrown after being severely 
kicked and bruised. His faithful wife 
heard his cries, came to his rescue, and 
the valiant (?) crowd disappeared. Some 
time afterwards, in October of 1872, he 
was lecturing in Bradford county, Penn- 
sylvania. The object of the lecture was 
to show that Masonry had for its object 
the overthrow of Christianity and good 
government. 

"The road runs up a very steep hill 
about three-fourths of a mile, with a 
piece of woods about forty rods in length 
on the south side of it, interspersed with 
underbrush of hemlock and beech skirt- 
ing the road. Just as We had fairly en- 
tered the woods and were moving slowly 
up the hill, the flashes and reports of fire- 
arms were seen and heard just opposite 
Elder . Rathbun's buggy, about ten or 
twelve feet distant at the right in the 
thicket. We were between two com- 



panies who were also going up the hill. 
Mr. Pepper's team was some five or six 
rods in front, and Mr. John Ayers and 
wife were some ten rods in the rear, who 
saw the flashes and heard the reports of 
fire-arms from the thicket. Mrs. Pepper 
and her daughter, also the writer, who 
was in the buggy with Elder Rathbun, 
saw and heard the same. The first shot 
passed through the right side of the 
buggy-box and lodged in a small box un- 
der the seat used for carrying books, 
papers, etc., and was extracted from it 
the same evening. The second shot 
passed through the right side of the oil- 
cloth top of the buggy, and pierced the 
right sleeve of Elder Rathbun's overcoat, 
and left its mark upon his wrist about 
an inch and a half from the joint, as he 
drew up his reins upon his frightened 
horses. Bro. Rathbun immediately ex- 
claimed T am shot, I am shot' I asked 
hurriedly, 'Where are you shot?' T am 
shot in the arm,' he replied. I caught 
the reins which had fallen from his hands 
thinking to hurry on the horses as quickly 
as possible from the scene of danger. 
After two or three jumps the horses came 
up to Mr. Pepper's team and stopped. 
Elder Rathbun leaped from the buggy, 
and running ahead, cried, 'Surround these 
woods. Surround these woods.' He then 
got into Mr. Pepper's wagon and we 
hurried to our destination. 

"Eld. James L. Andrus, Warren E. 
Ayers, Eld. D. P. Rathbun, Daniel Pep- 
per, Myron Bronson, Sardania Pepper, 
John Ayers, Emma Pepper, Harriet 
Ayers, Mary Pepper. 

"Susquehanna Co., S. S. 

"Before me, the subscriber, one of the 
Justices of the Peace in and for the coun- 
ty aforesaid, personally appeared the 
above named, who being duly sworn ac- 



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cording to law, do declare that the above 
statement of facts are true according to 
the best of their knowledge and belief. 
"S. H. Canfield, 
"Justice of the Peace." 

Subsequently to this, Mr. Rathbun, 
while on board a propeller on Lake On- 
tario, became engaged in argument with 
a Mason, who finally presented him with 
a fine looking apple. He received it 
gratefully, was taken at once violently 
sick, and obtained relief only from an 
emetic given him by a physician on board, 
who did not doubt that the apple was 
poisoned. 

The Kelleton outrage, of which our 
brother, D. P. Rathbun, was the victim, 
the following account has been taken 
from Our Banner, and is by Rev. M. A. 
Gault : 

"The first attempt made by Masons on 
the life of Elder Rathbun was at Keller- 
ton, Iowa, on June 21st, 1881. Shortly 
before the time when he was to lecture 
in that place, he was engaged in conver- 
sation with a Masonic lawyer named W. 
H. Brown, in the store of a United Pres- 
byterian named D. Hague, when a no- 
torious saloonist named Ed. Gale ap- 
proached Elder Rathbun from behind, 
and with a heavy blow on the back of the 
head felled him to the floor. He then 
sprang with both knees upon his pros- 
trate victim, and struck him a suc- 
cession of heavy blows on the head, 
which rendered him partially insensible. 
Rev. S. Smith, an aged Wesleyan min- 
ister who had driven with Elder Rathbun 
to town, then came to his rescue, but 
was seized and held back by two men, 
one of them a Mason named Dan Col- 
lard, who was the leader of the mob, and 
who shouted,. 'Kill him. Kill him.' The 
bloodthirsty, cowardly mob which then 
numbered forty or fifty, crowded around 
the prostrate form of the lecturer, and 
with fiendish oaths kicked him out of 
the store and across the sidewalk into a 
pond of water in the street. Here 
Brother Smith was permitted to come to 
his assistance, and with difficulty he was 
supported into a doctor's office, where he 
vomited blood and was found to have 
sustained very severe internal injuries. 
He was assisted into Brother Smith's 
carriage by Harmon Patrick and L. O. 
Shaver, while the mob pelted them with 



eggs, until the horses were literally 
smeared. The mob stood around with 
many oaths and curses, and as they 
started out of town, the leader, Dan Col- 
lard, flourished a revolver and began 
swearing vengeance on those who would 
dare to speak against Masonry. Elder 
Rathbun, covered with blood and mud, 
was driven nine miles to a place of safety. 

"But, what was most humiliating, 
when Ed. Gale, the chief actor in this 
outrage, was brought before the mayor 
at Mt. Ayr, the only result was lionize the 
desperado, and heap abuse upon the lec- 
turer and his friends. 

"It should be added that subsequently 
an able lawyer was employed to investi- 
gate the facts and take further legal pro- 
ceedings, by whom the occurrences were 
found to be as above stated. The writer 
has a letter from the Magistrate before 
whom Gale was tried, in which all the 
facts are admitted; but such was the 
power of the Masonic prejudice, that 
further legal proceedings had to be 
abandoned. 

Masonic Slanders. 

Mr. Edmond Ronayne, whose name 
will often appear in these pages, is a 
reputable Christian gentleman, for 
some years a resident of Chicago. He 
was born in Ireland, and brought up in 
the Roman Catholic faith. Before leav- 
ing Ireland he became a Protestant and 
received his education in a Protestant 
school in Dublin. 

On coming to America he was per- 
suaded to become a Mason, and took 
the seven degrees of the York Rite in 
Montreal. On coming to Chicago be 
united with Keystone Lodge 639, and 
soon became its Worshipful Master. 
He was also chosen to represent his 
lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State. 
In October of 1871 occurred the great 
fire in Chicago, and there was severe 
suffering among Masons as well as 
others. Mr. Ronayne was a member 
of the Masonic board of relief chosen 
by the Grand Lodge. He had long 
been in doubt as to the utility or pro- 
priety of the order, but the disposition 
made of the funds sent to Chicago to 
relieve distressed Masons convinced 
him that so far from being a benevo- 
lent order, it had no other objects than 
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Of the $90,000 sent to Chicago for the 
relief of distressed Masons, but little 
more than one-third was appropriated 
to the purpose for which it was de- 
signed, and the remainder was used 
either to build up Masonic lodges or to 
enrich those who had not suffered from 
the fire. 

Mr. Ronayne renounced Masonry, 
and has since then been an object of 
bitter hatred and persecution. He has 
several times been threatened with vio- 
lence and death. As his name will ap- 
pear hereafter, we simply note a Ma- 
sonic Slander by the most distin- 
guished Mason in America. 

In the book published by Dr. Robt. 
Morris, Past Grand Master of Ken- 
tucky (1883), giving the Masonic ver- 
sion of the Morgan abduction, Mr. Ro- 
nayne is spoken of by the author, who 
in a single paragraph tells five and 
malignant and slanderous falsehoods, 
with purpose to destroy his influence. 
It is as follows: "Leader among these 
(Anti-masons) is a Jesuit priest, who, 
commencing life in Ireland, came to 
America, renounced Catholicism under 
instruction from the Jesuit General, 
and took orders in the Protestant Epis- 
copal church. This gave him a status 
to enter the Masonic Order, and he 
became a Master of a Lodge. The Epis- 
copalians, finding him more than they 
had bargained for, he next became a 
Congregational preacher, and under 
the tuition of the now offered candi- 
date for President of the United States, 
renounced Free-Masonry, and is now 
employed by the association aforesaid 
to give dramatic representations." 

Now the facts are that Mr. Ronayne 
was never a Jesuit priest, or a priest of 
any sort; never renounced Catholicism, 
under instructions from the Jesuit Gen- 
eral ; never took orders in the Protes- 
tant Episcopal church ; never became a 
Congregational preacher, and never 
was employed by any association to 
give dramatic representations. All this 
is a sheer fabrication, invented to hurt 
a Christian gentleman, who has re- 
pented of his Masonry and has devoted 
his energies to the enlightenment of his 
fellow men. It is a singular evidence 
of the terrible power of Masonic per- 
version, that the man who could write 



this mean and malicious falsehood is 
an officer in his church, and has been 
president of a college. 

Slander of Ministers. 

One of the most peculiar and marked 
of the outrages of the Masonic system 
on those who have felt called to oppose 
it consist in the slander and persecu- 
tion of ministers of the Gospel. We 
give a few examples : 

Rev. W. W. Ames was an honored 
pastor at Menomonie, Wisconsin. He 
had been an untiring opponent of the 
Masonic system, and his influence 
could only be destroyed by the destruc- 
tion of his reputation; He was accused 
of an infamous crime; a witness was 
suborned, who swore to his guilt. After 
six months' delay and great expense 
the case was submitted to a jury, 
which stood eleven for acquittal and 
one for conviction, the one being a 
prominent Mason. The case was nolle- 
prosequied ; and the prosecuting wit- 
ness afterwards admitted that she was 
hired to swear falsely in this case. 

Another case is that of G. W. Howe, 
who was pastor of a Baptist church at 
Starrucca, Pa., and had made himself 
obnoxious to the Masons by persistent 
testimony. He was tried by a council, 
when 100 miles away, deposed from the 
ministry, and expelled from the church, 
on purely trumped up charges. He 
was and is highly honored and be- 
loved by those who know him. 

Other ministers, particularly in the 
M. E. Church, have been made victims 
of persecution because of their opposi- 
tion to what they felt to be 'the abom- 
ination that marketh desolate," and 
have found all appointments closed 
against them, except in the hardest 
and poorest fields. After a long and 
painful struggle they have either suc- 
cumbed to Masonic influence and 
agreed to keep silence, or have left the 
church of their choice to labor in other 
fields. Among the latter were Rev. B. 
T. Roberts, Rev. John Levington, and 
Rev. J. T. Michael, who were leading 
ministers in the Free Methodist 
Church and the Wesleyan Connection. 
All of these were subjected to repeated 
trials for imaginary offenses, and vain 
efforts were made to destroy their min- 
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ington, who has written several Anti- 
Masonic books, was put on the list of 
superannuated preachers, contrary to 
his earnest protest and in spite of the 
fact that he was one of the most vig- 
orous men in mind and body in the 
conference. 

Nor should the honored names of 
Woodford Post, Rev. Joseph Williams, 
and Rev. E. Wheeler (the two latter 
seceding Masons) be omitted, who 
bravely testified to the truth and re- 
ceived the full measure of Masonic 
vituperation. Nor has it been any one 
religious denomination or particular 
class of ministers whose reputation has 
been thus wickedly assailed. Elder 
David Barnard, author of "Light on 
Masonry," was persistently maligned 
and his life repeatedly threatened. 

Rev. Nathaniel Colver, D. D., was 
threatened with death, in the Masonic 
R. A. Chapter, for refusal to take the 
Masonic oath ; and all through his sub- 
sequent life he was traduced. Rev. 
Joel Austin was, because of his opposi- 
tion to the lodge, subjected to contin- 
ued persecution. On one occasion a 
large stone was thrown against him, as 
he was riding in a buggy, and he re- 
ceived severe bodily injury. Even the 
exalted reputation of President Charles 
G. Finney did not escape. He was 
charged with falsehood and perjury, 
and letters threatening his life were 
sent him through the mails. 

Probably no man connected with this 
movement has ever done so much to 
oppose the secret orders, withstand 
their influence, and challenge their 
right to exist as Rev. Jonathan Blan- 
chard, late president of Wheaton col- 
lege, formerly president of Knox Col- 
lege, 111., and from its commencement 
senior editor of the Christian Cyno- 
sure. Born among the mountains of 
Vermont, he inherited in a marked de- 
gree the mental characteristics of the 
old Puritans. His early manhood was 
largely devoted to the cause of the 
slave, and he was often pursued by 
mobs and his life in imminent danger. 
He visited Europe in behalf of the anti- 
slavery and peace reforms, and was 
vice president of a World's Peace Con- 
vention. 

During his pastorate at Cincinnati he 



was -faithful; to his convictions, amidst 
abounding opposition, while so many 
were false or faithless. More tlaan 
thirty years ago he commenced speak- 
ing and writing on the subject of the 
secret orders, and since then his name 
has become a synonym of opposition to 
Free-Masonry. 

When called to take charge of 
Wheaton College, it was with the dis- 
tinct understanding that the reform 
principles of its Wesleyan founders 
should be maintained; and he has most 
religiously carried out that agreement. 
Nevertheless, the most persistent and 
determined efforts have been made to 
change the character of this institution 
in this respect. Not only popular 
prejudice but the courts of law have 
been invoked, and every effort has been 
made either to get rid of the Anti- 
Masonic testimony of the college or 
supplant the "Blanchards." Various 
plans were devised, but the following 
was finally adopted. Some difficulties 
in the college faculty and in the church 
(which had been fomented, if not in- 
spired by the lodge) were taken advan- 
tage of, and charges were preferred 
against President Blanchard. He was 
tried before the church, of which he 
was a member, which was the only 
body to which he was amenable. After 
a full and careful investigation he was 
honorably acquitted. The prosecuting 
party having failed before its chosen 
tribunal, contrary to all law and prec- 
edent, appealed to an ex-parte council, 
which was made up plainly of those 
personally opposed to the Blanchards, 
and was engineered by a Masonic law- 
yer, an officer in the Wheaton lodge, 
and a prime mover in the conspiracy. 
This unauthorized council, after listen- 
ing to partial, perverted and false testi- 
mony, reached the conclusion that the 
accused was guilty of all the charges, 
which the church had dismissed as un- 
authorized and void. They accordingly 
recommended that he be admonished 
to repent and make confession. They 
also decided that he, together with 
about one hundred and fifty others, 
were members of and amenable to a 
church to which they had neither ack- 
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summoned President Blanchard before 
them "for confession and restitution," 
and on his failure to appear excom- 
municated him. 

Nor did the madness stop here ; for 
the Elgin and the State Associations, 
of which President Blanchard was one 
of the oldest members, dropped his 
name from their rolls, against his pro- 
test and in spite of his demand that 
the facts should be investigated before 
action was taken. A more deliberate 
and high-handed outrage on ministerial 
and personal rights and Christian prin- 
ciples has rarely been consummated; 
and though, in the judgment of charity 
we must conclude that many, perhaps 
most of those connected with it, were 
quite unconscious of any Masonic in- 
fluence — simply sought to protect the 
church from what seemed a disturbing 
element — yet, to the thoughtful, the 
spirit, methods and workings of Free- 
Masonry were abundantly evident. 

The church and college with which 
President Blanchard was and is con- 
nected have heartily sustained him ; 
and, churches have been disowned by 
some of its sister churches, it has been 
greatly blessed of God and has been a 
faithful witness for the truth. 



The Bible is comforting. Professor 
Hegard of the University of Copen- 
hagen wrote : "The experiences of 
life, its suffering and grief, have shaken 
my soul and have broken the founda- 
tion upon which I formerly thought I 
could build. Full of faith in the suffi-- 
ciency of science, I thought to have 
found in it a sure refuge from all the 
contingencies of life. This illusion is 
vanished ; when the tempest came 
which plunged me in sorrow, the 
mooring, the cable of science, broke 
like thread. Then I seized upon that 
help which many before me have laid 
hold of, the Bible with its repeated ex- 
pressions of comfort and consolation. 
The combined literature of the whole 
world has not held out as much prom- 
ise for time and eternity as this single 
volume." 



WANTS BIBLE TAUGHT "IN 

EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL." 

Writing in a similar vein, P. H. 
Murphy, Grand Master, Mississippi, 
voices his faith "in the free and compul- 
sory education of the children of the 
nation, and -that the public schools should 
be supported by taxation." But 
this is not his only belief ; he expresses 
his faith in the Towner - Sterling Edu- 
cational Bill, and continues by say- 
ing: "I believe that the Holy Bible, that 
great light in Masonry, should be taught 
in every public school in the whole na- 
tion, especially in the state colleges and 
universities." But his profession of creed 
does not cease with this, because he goes 
on to state : "I believe that every public 
school teacher should be required by law 
to qualify to teach the Bible." 

In the light of such statements the 
demand that education in the public 
schools should be made compulsory takes 
on a new meaning, and when we read 
that Herman Held, Grand Master, 
Minnesota, contends that "Masons should 
interest themselves in school elections," 
we cannot help but feel that it is not so 
much the interest of the child the mem- 
bers of this sect have at heart as their 
own ends. — Catholic Record. 



MISSIONARIES NEEDED. 

The auto-wagon colporter-evangelistic 
work of the Utah* Gospel Mission is in 
special need of more volunteer men, 
without family responsibilities, who can 
serve for a year or more. Few of the 
500,000 Mormons are reached in any. 
other way. In the last two years the 
Utah Gospel .Missjpn lias held 48,000 
meetings and visited 22,000 homes, using 
two arid one half million pages of free 
Gospel literature. Men who can con- 
sider helping are urged to write at once, 
with full details about themselves. Ad- 
dress: Utah Gospel Mission, 9277 
Amesbury Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 



We do not know how cheap the seeds 
of., happiness are, or we 'should scatter 
them oftener. — Lowell. 



"There is no fun in trying to keep a 
society from skidding." The Modern 
Woodmen, with over a million members,, 
initiated over 100,000 new members last 
year. Yet it suffered a net loss of 3,034 
in 1922. 

— The Kablcgram of March, 1923, 



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THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION'S BOARD OF 
DIRECTOR'S ANNUAL REPORT 

By Wm. I. Phillips, Secretary of the Board. 



May 1st, 1923. 
Another year of adventure has passed, 
filled with some surprises, some disap- 
pointments, and many victories. 

The members of the Board of Direc- 
tors, chosen for service for 1922-23 
were : Rev. W. H. Davis of the Radical 
United Brethren Church; Prof. J. W. 
Lear of the Church of the Brethren and 
the Bethany Bible School; Rev. A. M. 
Eash of the Mennonite Church ; Rev. A. 
H. Leaman of the Mennonite Church 
and the Moody Bible Institute; Rev. 
Walter Wietzke and Rev. M. P. M. 
Doermann of the Lutheran Church ; Rev. 
G. W. Hylkema of the Christian Re- 
formed Church; Rev. W. P. Ferries of 
the Free Methodist Church; Rev. Dr. 
Charles A. Blanchard, Mr. Geo. W. 
Bond, and Rev. A. W. Safford of the 
Congregational Church. The denomina- 
tional relationship is given only as an 
item of interest to some. The past year 
it happened to be as related. In the past 
it has been the privilege of the Associa- 
tion to be served by Baptists, Methodist 
Episcopal, Reformed Presbyterians and 
others. 

At the beginning of the year, after 
electing members of the "Board" on 
Committees of Finance, Field Work, 
Publications, and Building, it appointed 
the following available help as Field 
Agents and Lecturers: Messrs. W. B. 
Stoddard, F. J. Davidson, S. W. Bond, 
J. B. Van den Hoek, Geo. W. Anderson, 
Mrs. L. W. Roberson, and later Mr. H. 
F. Tuurling as Cynosure subscription 
agent in his city. Mr. J. T. Cullor, a 
volunteer agent, has given months of his 
time to this work, paying his own ex- 
penses and receiving from the Associa- 
tion literature only for free distribution. 
We honor such devotion. 

The completion of a good set of sixty 
stereopticon slides and a lecture to go 
with them, makes it possible now for any 
church or Young People's Society to have 
an informing and very valuable exposi- 
tion of Modern Baalism, at very little 
expense. 

A Ford Sedan was purchased for the 



use of our Western Secretary, Mr. Silas 
W. Bond, which greatly facilitated his 
movements from place to place, as well 
as reduced traveling expenses. 

The six months for which Professor 
Bond was engaged expired in October, 
and he entered at once upon an important 
position with the Howard, Severance 
Company of Chicago, work which he had 
been looking forward to for several 
months. He made warm friends and has 
the best wishes of the Association in his 
new enterprise. 

One of the outstanding figures in the 
Church today is Hon, Wm. J. Bryan. 
His prominence in Secret Societies, being 
well known, the Board appointed a Com- 
mittee of three, consisting of President 
Chas. A. Blanchard, of Wheaton College, 
President John F. Heemstra, of the Na- 
tional Christian Association, and Secre- 
tary Wm. I. Phillips, to interview Mr. 
Bryan on the Lodge question. This in- 
terview was held in Chicago on July 27th, 
1922, at the University Club. Mr. Bryan 
received the Committee with great cour- 
tesy, but refused to take up with them the 
question of Secret Societies, saying that 
he was a member of a large number of 
lodges, and would not consider the ques- 
tion with the committee. He, however, 
accepted as a gift, a copy of "Modern 
Secret Societies" by President Blanchard, 
and promised to read it. Mr. Bryan has 
been doing a great work for the truth 
and he remarked, in this interview that 
great harm was being done to the com- 
mon people by the teaching of Darwin- 
ism. Mr. Heemstra replied : "I have 
laboured with the common people for 
twenty-five years, and have never labored 
with any others. Most of the people are 
'common people' and the good, or detri- 
ment to them of any movement in society 
is of vast consequence. I am fully in 
accord with you, Mr. Bryan, in your posi- 
tion on Darwinism, but it is my convic- 
tion from experience that the Lodges are 
doing the common people infinitely more 
harm than Darwinism." 

There was a time, not so long ago, that 
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the saloons. His latest utterances on the 
saloon would make such a display now 
impossible. Let us pray that his eyes 
may be opened to follow his Master in 
this more important matter of Secret 
Societies. 

The publication of the Christian 
Cynosure has gone forward successfully. 
The publication of a sixteen-page booklet 
for Rev. L. O. Sunde, and a tract for 
Rev. C. F. Paushert, were approved, as 
was also the reprinting of some 30,000 
N. C. A. tracts, from 4 to 32 pages each. 
Some hundreds of ministers have been 
supplied with our literature, without 
charge. 

The Board wishes to give public ex- 
pression on its behalf, and that of the 
Association, to the kindly service ren- 
dered the Cause by Editor Beets, of The 
Banner; Editor J. L. Logan, of the "Free 
Methodist" ; Editor of "The Gospel Mes- 
senger" ; for the extended article on the 
Association and its work, as published by 
them. There were doubtless others who 
have given similar kindly aid, but which 
has not come to our notice. To one and 
all of our co-workers in the newspaper 
and tract line, we extend our thanks and 
best wishes. These newspaper notices 
have borne good fruit in many instances, 
as have been evidenced by the letters re- 
ceived by us. 

At an important meeting of the Field 
Work Committee, it was recommended 
that during the coming year a State Con- 
ference be held so far as possible in each 
state. It was also their judgment that 
while the distribution of tracts is not a 
spectacular work and hence does not 
make a public impression, it is neverthe- 
less one of our most important lines of 
work, and our efforts ought to be in- 
creased in this branch of the service. 
They recommend also that a four-course 
program should be prepared for use in 
Young Peoples Societies. It should be 
so planned that when the course of four 
sessions, one each week, shall have ended, 
the young people would have obtained an 
intelligent knowledge of (1) The origin 
of Secret Societies; (2) their religious 
teachings; (3) their obligations; (4) 
the relation of the minor to the major 
Secret Orders. 

The Board commended very strongly 
the plan of the Iowa State^Christian As- 



sociation to place a copy of the Chris- 
tian Cynosure, for six months into the 
hands of every pastor in Iowa who is 
willing to accept it. Under President 
Rev. M. A. Malcolm, and Secretary Rev. 
John S. Dykstra, the state is now, as it 
has been for years, a live and progressive 
force for righteousness. 

The conference at Omaha, last October 
was helpful to many even though not 
able to attend, but who learned of the 
addresses through the press. It was a 
disappointment, however, to the speakers, 
and others because of the small attend- 
ance, and to the speakers also because 
they expected a better and fuller report 
of their addresses. They certainly de- 
served a better report, but our Editor did 
the best he could under the circumstances. 
It is, as a rule, a great sacrifice for such 
speakers as Prof. Th. Graebner of Con- 
cordia Seminary, St. Louis ; Rev. Dr. J. 
J. Daniels, of Lindsborg, Kansas, and 
Rev. M. P. F. Doermann, of Chicago, to 
take the time necessary to attend and 
speak at conventions. We wish to ex- 
press our gratitude and great indebted- 
ness for their services. 

While we are profoundly grateful to 
God that there have been no deaths 
among the General Officers, yet we have 
been bereaved in the departure to his 
Eternal home of one of our missionaries, 
Rev. George Anderson of Philadelphia. 
No one could have been more devoted 
and constantly faithful in his work for 
the Master than was our brother An- 
derson. 

Last Fall we looked for a visit with 
one of God's great men of Brazil, Rev. 
Eduardo C. Pereira of Sao Paulo. He 
was honored by the civil rulers of his 
state as well as loved and followed as the 
acknowledged leader of the Independent 
Presbyterian churches. It was from New 
York City, we believe that Rev. Dr. 
Pereira wrote to our office that sickness 
was preventing his anticipated visit which 
he very much regretted, but he sent us his 
last book just issued on the "Church and 
the Lodge." 

We have been in touch with this 
church, of which Rev. Dr. Pereira was 
the godly and eloquent leader, from its 
beginning. The missionaries sent out 
from this country forbade any discussion 
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Presbyteries as it would be an offense 
to Masons and the rich, who wanted no 
disturbing element. The Independent 
Presbyterian Church was then organized 
opposed to secret societies, and while its 
membership is largely among the poor, it 
has been wondrously blessed of God. It 
has five congregations in Sao Paulo alone, 
and at the Annual Conference of all their 
churches last year it collected an offering 
for evangelistic work of $30,000. As a 
mark of gratitude and fellowship, Dr. 
Couto Esher, one of its charter members, 
has sent each year a contribution to the 
work of the National Christian As- 
sociation. 

In January of this year, Rev. Dr. 
Pereira underwent a surgical operation as 
advised, but on the 28th of February, 
1923, he fell asleep in Jesus. 

We thank God for having raised up 
such a statesman-minister and reformer, 
and to his people in Brazil we send our 
heartfelt sympathy, and would if possi- 
ble place a loving wreath of immortelles 
upon his resting place. 

It is fitting at this point to call atten- 
tion to the change found necessary when 
cur General Secretary-Treasurer and 
Editor found his strength unequal to his 
burdens. The Board relieved him of the 
Editorship, appointing in his place, Rev. 
A. H. Leaman, who has gotten out the 
April and May numbers of the Cyno- 
sure, and it is hoped will continue as 
Editor for the coming year. 

It is probable that only a very few ever 
write to the Association acknowledging 
what it has been to them. It is always 
very interesting to hear from such, and 
the progress and success of the work gen- 
erally may be gauged by the reports that 
we do receive. 

A pastor writes of using the "Knights 
of Pythias ritual with good effect in seek- 
ing to save a young man. The Word of 
God and the Spirit of God did the rest." 
A young woman's brother and an aunt, 
members of the "Order of Beavers," 
were urging her to join. Her faithful 
pastor learned of it just in time to save 
her. The pastor wrote to tell us that 
testimony is not in vain, "and in this way 
we may keep many a one from going into 
the Lodges." The gratitude of such pas- 
tors for such an Association as ours is 



a great encouragement in keeping the 
N. C. A. work going. 

"I am glad for the stereopticon slides 
which you are getting out," says a Pas- 
tor. "A set of slides illustrating lodge 
work will go far in exposing these anti- 
Christian orders, and keeping our people 
out of them. I think this is a step for- 
ward in the right direction." 

Another minister writes how the 
"Spirit of God" called him out of the 
Elks and Odd-Fellow Orders. He said 
that God called his attention to the fact 
that the Elks kept their lodge rooms open 
on Sunday, played cards, and danced. 
This was the beginning of his conviction, 
and led to his immediate action in sepa- 
rating himself from them. He said : 
"Your literature has helped me much in 
enabling me to speak intelligently on the 
subject, and to warn Christians against 
belonging to Secret Lodges." 

One of the features of the Christian 
Cynosure for the past year has been the 
experiences of our old friend and co- 
worker, Mr. S. F. Proctor of Wetumka, 
Oklahoma, a seceding Mason. 

A business man of Cleveland, Ohio, 
wrote: "I am very much interested in 
your exposure of Secret Societies ; I was 
a member of two secret orders." 

A Canadian wrote : "I am glad you 
sent me 'Modern Secret Societies.' It is 
one of the best that I have found on the 
evils of the Lodge. The tracts are also 
good. I had been looking for this kind of 
literature, and am very glad, therefore, 
that I have formed the acquaintance of 
the National Christian Association." 

A South Dakota pastor writes : "The 
Cynosure is eagerly waited for, read, 
and then kept for reference. A person 
needs it handy in our day in the fight 
against the great apostasy, 'Modern 
Heathenism.' " 

A minister writes for a brother minis- 
ter, asking whether the obligations of 
Freemasonry were legally attested in any 
court. He was told that in Volume XIII, 
Wendell's Report of New York, pages 9 
to 26, he will find his answer. A com- 
mittee of the Legislature of Rhode Island 
brought out the obligations of ten Ma- 
sonic degrees, as avowed to be practiced 
in the Lodges, Chapters and Encamp- 
ments of that state. So overwhelming 
was the testimony of adhering Masons, 



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as well &6 of seceding Masons that the 
state of Vermont passed a law in 1833, 
(see also revised "Statute^ of Vermont," 
1880) in which the penalty for adminis- 
tering- a Masonic obligation was $200 as 
a maximum and $50 as a minimum. 

A Lutheran minister of Wisconsin 
writes : "Perhaps some rich man or 
woman would be willing to pay the ex- 
penses of sending the Cynosure for one 
year to every minister in this country. I 
believe money used in this way would 
bring big interest. God bless you and 
your good work." 

A correspondent in Arkansas writes : 
"It is heavily upon my mind that I ought 
to be more outspoken against the evils 
of Secret Societies than I have been, and, 
therefore, I am planning to do my whole 
duty. I am wanting the very best and 
latest information that I can possibly ob- 
tain on this subject, and hence I am 
writing you." 

A Methodist-Episcopal pastor in Ohio 
writes : "I am interested in your publi- 
cation; I am not a lodge man, but have 
considered joining the Masons. Send me 
tracts, etc." 

A Theological Student in Massachu- 
setts writes : "Because I have taken off 
my lodge badges I am not so popular 
with the minister of my own church. 
Brother Phillips, your interest taken in 
me, has made me a better man for this 
work. The fight is getting hotter, but 
thank God we have a Commander that 
never has lost a battle." 

A Wesleyan Methodist pastor in the 
South writes for information that shall 
help him to prepare a paper against the 
lodges, which he has been appointed to 
write, and read at his Annual Confer- 
ence. 

A Colorado minister had a conflict with 
the lodge in his congregation, but writes 
joyfully, as a result : "Not a single lodge 
member in my congregation today." 

We believe that the Church of God in 
Christ of which our dear friend and co- 
laborer, Mrs. Lizzie Woods Roberson is 
a member, is second to none in its com- 
parative growth in numbers and in its 
spiritual power. Hence we are especially 
interested in calling attention to a few 
things that she has reported : 

She says : "It is the tracts of the N. C. 
A. which put the Devil out of business. 



The distribution of tracts in Gulfport, 
Miss., by Eliza Hollins, led to her arrest 
and being put in jail for twenty-seven 
hours. She had broken no law and had 
had no trial (outside of the lodge). This 
action of the lodge simply helped to in- 
tensify the teachings of the tracts, and 
opened the eyes of the people. Some 
would take the tracts and throw them 
down on the ground, but others stood 
under the street light and read them. 
One man said : T am as high as a Mason 
can go; my heart is honest, and God 
knows, sister, that you are right. The 
people who send out these tracts are 
right. America is fast going into heath- 
enism on account of these secret socie- 
ties.' Elder Harry Bell of St. Joseph, 
Missouri, said that he had several mem- 
bers in his church who were lodge mem- 
bers, but that when I showed them the 
sin of such fellowship, and gave them 
those N. C. A. tracts, all of them came 
out from the lodges. An Elder Curtis 
testified : 'That woman made me so mad 
that I would have killed her, could I have 
had my way, but I went off and thought 
of what she had said — that it was not her 
word — but God's Word. Now, I am all 
right.' And he showed his change of 
heart by putting a dollar in the offering 
that was taken up. 

This report is not minute and full of 
detail, but it is a flesh and blood report 
and for anyone reading it through, full 
of living interest. It is intended to be 
suggestive and stimulating. 

In closing we have one paramount re- 
quest to the various testifying denomina- 
tions, viz. : A more lively co-operation 
with this Association. The Christian Re- 
formed Church on its own initiative ap- 
points one of its members to report on 
the Association annually. It favors its 
churches placing in their budget an an- 
nual offering to this Association and the 
results have been to us no small aid and 
encouragement. 

First, then, we wish so far as church 
policy permits, that the Synod or Confer- 
ence of all testifying denominations 
would appoint a delegate to attend our 
Annual Business Meeting, who shall ad- 
vise us as to ways in which we may be 
more helpful to the denomination and 
who shall also report back to his church 
body the results of his observations. 



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In the second place we desire your 
financial support, in order that we may 
more adequately serve you. The white 
secret orders have begun a very active 
campaign to enlist girls and boys into 
secret societies. They have not as yet 
gone as far as our Negro citizens. We 
heard a colored woman say that she had 
under her the little children of her secret 
lodge called "The Twelve Signs of the 
Zodiac" of which she was "the Queen 
Mother," but the Masons have their 
"Rainbow girls" and "De Molay" for 
boys and the Odd-Fellows and others are 
fast falling into line. It is Satan's center 
attack upon the spiritual life of the young 
and the future hope of the Church of 
Jesus Christ. 

We need a more lively interest in the 
financial support of our work ! 

Is there a denomination in sympathy 
with the National Christian Associa- 
tion which can not find at least twenty- 
five members, who if asked would each 
give $10 per year to this cause? But 
that would mean some $7000.00, and 
would more than double our efficiency, 
which would come back in fourfold bless- 
ings on the churches. 

A more lively or living co-operation! 
Are you for it? 
MINUTES OF ANNUAL BUSINESS 
MEETING. 

Minutes of the Annual Business Meet- 
ing of the National Christian Association 
held at 1 :30 in the afternoon on May 
28th, 1923, in the main auditorium of 
their building, 850 W. Madison street, 
Chicago. 

Art. 1. The meeting was opened with 
prayer by Rev. W. H. Davis of Wheaton, 
Illinois. 

Art. 2. Rev. A. M. Eash acted as Pres- 
ident in the place of Rev. Mr. Heemstra 
who notified the Association that he could 
not be present. 

Art. 3. The following committees were 
appointed to report to the Association at 
this meeting: 

Committee on Enrollment : Chairman, 
W. B. Stoddard. 

Committee on Nomination : Chairman, 
Walter Wietzke. 

Committee on Resolutions : Chairman, 
W. H. Davis. 



Committee on Memorials : Chairman, 
W. B. Stoddard. 

Committee .for New Members : Chair- 
man, Mrs. W. H. Davis. 

Committee on Plan of Work: Chair- 
man, A. W. SafTord. 

Art. 4. In the absence of the Record- 
ing Secretary the minutes of the previous 
Annual Meeting were read by Mr. Silas 
W. Bond and approved by the Associa- 
tion. 

Art. 5. The Recording Secretary ar- 
rives and takes up his work. 

Art. 6. The Secretary of the Board of 
Directors, Wm. I. Phillips, read the re- 
port of their work during the course of 
the past" year. This report was accepted 
and approved and its publication in the 
Christian Cynosure ordered. 

Art. 7. The reports of the Treasurer 
and of the Auditing Committee were read 
and approved by the Association. 

Art. 8. Chairman of the Committee 
on Enrollment reported the following 
members present : Rev. W r . B. Stoddard, 
East Falls Church, Virginia; Rev. A. M. 
Eash, Messrs. G. Huisjen, Rev. Walter 
Wietzke, Rev. A. H. Leaman, Rev. H. 
Moes, Rev. Charles G. Sterling, Miss 
Anna Hamstra and Rev. George W. 
Hylkema, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. J. 
K. Graybill of Harvey, Illinois; Mr. John 
Meeter and Mr. G. J. Ellen of Lansing, 
Illinois; Mr. George W. Bond, Mr. and 
Mrs. W. H. Davis, A. W. SafTord and 
Wm. I. Phillips of Wheaton, Illinois; 
Rev. M. P. F. Boermann of Blue Island, 
Illinois, and Prof. Silas W. Bond of Mil- 
tonvale, Kansas. 

Art. 9. The Committee on Nomina- 
tions recommended the following: 

President, to be suggested by the Asso- 
ciation. (See Art. 10.) 

Vice-President, J. P. Aurelius, Fre- 
mont, Kansas. 

Recording Secretary, Rev. G. Doer- 
man n. 

Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. I. Phillips. 

Members of the Board of Directors : 
C. A. Blanchard, M. P. F. Doermann, 
George W. Bond, G. W. Hylkema, Wal- 
ter Wietzke, W. P. Ferries, A. M. Eash, 
J. W. Lear, Herman Moes, J. Kuite and 
W. H. Davis. The report was accepted 
and the proposed members unanimously 
elected. 



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Art. 10. Rev. J. W. Hylkema sug- 
gested that Rev. Braak of Lansing, Illi- 
nois, be our choice as President of the 
Association. So decided. 

Art. 11. The Committee on New 
Members recommended the following for 
Membership in the Association : A. 
Huisjen, Chicago ; G. J. Ellen of Lan- 
sing, Illinois, and Rev. John Kuite, 11623 
Perry Avenue, Chicago. 

Art. 12. Rev. W. B. Stoddard read 
the report of the Committee on Memor- 
ials, which was adopted and ordered to be 
published in the Chritian Cynosure. 

Art. 13. Rev. W. H. Davis read the 
report of the Committee on Resolu- 
tions. The resolutions were adopted and 
ordered to be published in the Christian 
Cynosure. 

Art. 14. On account of lack of time 
it was decided not to have the reports of 
the Field Agents read at this meeting, but 
to have them published in the Christian 
Cynosure. 

Art. 15. The meeting adjourned to 
enable the Board to hold its meeting be- 
fore the end of the afternoon. 

Rev. Herman Moes, Recording Sec'y. 



RESOLUTIONS. 



Your Committee on Resolutions would 
respectfully report as follows: 

I. Resolved, That the Secret Lodge 
System is a great power for evil in the 
social, political, and church life of our 
nation. 

II. Resolved, That the obligations im- 
posed upon members of secret societies 
to conceal the teachings and practices of 
the Lodge, from husband, wife or child, 
are contrary to the divine constitution of 
the family, and tends to discord, divorce 
and disintegration of the home. 

III. Resolved, That lodge oaths and 
pledges frequently nullify the civil oath, 
and defeat justice in civil courts. This 
has been manifested repeatedly from the 
trial of Morgan's abductors to the Ku- 
Klux Klan of the present day. 

IV. Resolved, That secret fraternities, 
in their rituals and burial services, teach 
a way of salvation without repentance, 
confession and reliance upon the atone- 
ment of the Lord Jesus Christ, and also 
teach a code of morals not in accord with 
the Word of God, and hence are hostile 
to the soul's highest interests. 



V. Resolved, That Christian ministers 
who practice the secret lodge religious 
rites and are identified with these secret 
orders, are not only making shipwreck 
of their own lives but are leading others 
to spiritual destruction. 

VI. Resolved, That the affliction which 
has come to our loved and honored breth- 
ern in Brazil through the death of their 
great leader in the Independent Presby- 
terian Church, calls for some special 
notice at this time. The field in which 
these friends labored was one of partic- 
ular difficulty and danger. The work has 
been hard, but the success of the Church 
under the leadership of this man of God, 
Rev. Eduardo Carlos Pereira, has been 
marvelous indeed. We send to the imme- 
diate family our sincere sympathy and 
prayers that they that mourn may be 
comforted, and to the Independent Pres- 
byterian Church of Brazil our hope that 
God will bless them with a renewed spirit 
of unity and consecration for the exten- 
sion and purity of their Church. 

VII. Resolved, That we express our 
sympathy to Brother Wm. I. Phillips, 
who on account of bodily infirmities saw 
himself constrained to turn over the 
Editorship of the Cynosure to Brother 
A. H. Leaman. We unite in praying for 
Brother Phillips an early return of his 
strength and commend the action of the 
Board in asking Rev. Mr. Leaman to 
take over the work of editing the Cyno- 
sure. 

W. H. Davis, 
M. P. F. Doermann, 
John Meeter, 
Committee on Resolutions. 



MEMOIRS. 

Each year brings to us the reminder 
that the work we do here must be done 
quickly. To the long list of our co- 
laborers who have received the call to 
their eternal reward, others have been 
added during the past year. 

Rev. Eduardo Carlos Pereira, of Sao 
Paulo, Brazil, was a great leader of a 
staunch people. As editor of the 
Southern Independent Presbyterian 
church paper, as well as that of pastor, 
he exerted a great influence throughout 
that denomination. He ably advocated 
the anti-secrecy principles held by the 
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greatly mourned by many who looked 
to him as leader. 

Rev. Wilber F. Crafts, the well- 
known advocate of reforms centered in 
his Washington, D. C, bureau, left a 
monument to his life of service by pro- 
viding for the future maintenance of 
the work he began. While engaged 
largely in other lines of reform work, 
he frequently expressed his opposition 
to the lodge and also his favor of the 
National Christian Association's 
efforts. 

Rev. George Anderson, a seceding 
Mason and well-known advocate of our 
reform, passed suddenly to the larger 
life when leaving his Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, home to carry a gospel 
message to a waiting congregation. 
He abhorred evil and sought to cleave 
only to that which he knew to be good. 
His effective testimony given at so 
many of our conventions will be re- 
membered. 

Elder I. J. Rosengerger, for years an 
honored Elder in the Church of the 
Brethren, was active in anti-lodge serv- 
ice up to the time of his death. He 
wrote of h^s pleasure in our work but 
a few days prior to his Home-going. 
His financial contributions to our 
Cause will aid in carrying forward the 
principles he so much loved. 

Rev. Lammert J. Hulst, an aged 
father in the Christian Reformed 
Church into which he came because of 
its anti-secrecy testimony, died at his 
home in Eastmanville, Michigan, at 
the advanced age of ninety-seven years, 
much loved and respected by the 
church which he served. 

Rev. J. C. Voorhis, of Bogota, New 
Jersey, lived to an advanced age. For 
a time his ministry was in the Chris- 
tian Reformed church. He was the 
Pastor of a Holland Reformed church 
in New York city at the time of his 
death. He was a reader of the Chris- 
tian Cynosure, and an advocate of its 
teaching. His sympathy in our Cause 
was backed by cordial support. 

Rev. J. C. French, as an honored pas- 
tor in the Church of the Covenanters, 
gave forth much anti-secrecy truth. 
His life service counted much for the 
church of his choice. 

Rev. H. L. Hoelter, D. D., for over 



forty years the beloved pastor of Em- 
manuel Lutheran Church (Missouri 
Synod), Chicago, Illinois, was much 
honored by his brethren, being at one 
time President of the Synodical Con- 
ference, the largest anti-secrecy Luth- 
eran body. 

Rev. A. J. Van Lummel, of the Hol- 
land Reformed Church, was a minister 
of exceptionally fine address and was 
much respected by those to whom he 
ministered. His strong anti-lodge mes- 
sage delivered at a Paterson, New Jer- 
sey, convention is well remembered. 
His sudden death at his home in Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, where he ministered 
in his last days, was a shock to his 
many friends. 

Rev. J. D. Marsh, Pastor of the Free 
Methodist Church at Glen Ellyn, Illi- 
nois, had been selected by his brethren 
for many years to serve as District 
Elder. He was a man of strong faith 
and his ministry of light was a great 
blessing. 

Preacher Christian Reeser, who died 
at his home, Eureka, Illinois, in his one 
hundred and fourth year, deserves spe- 
cial mention because of the long serv- 
ice rendered. For fifty-six years he 
ministered in the Mennonite Church. 
Born in Alsace, Lorraine, September 
15, 1819, he was brought to America as 
a child. He was the father of thirteen 
children. His grand children num- 
bered eighty-two and great grand chil- 
dren one hundred and one at the time 
of his death. He expressed his sym- 
pathy and interest in our work to the 
writer of these lines. 

Rev. John Robberts, of the Christian 
Reformed Church, was helpful in our 
work. As "Domine" he served several 
churches. A successful convention of 
our Association was held in the church 
to which he ministered in Kalamazoo, 
Michigan. 

Preacher Moses Brenneman, of 
Elida, Ohio, was another of the Men- 
nonite ministers we shall miss. He 
was helpful in the holding of meetings 
in churches to which he ministered. He 
lived to an advanced age and during 
his last night on earth sang, 'I am his 
and he is mine." 

Rev. Fred Wambsganss, of Colum- 
bus, Indiana, was noted for his oppo- 



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sition to secret societies. At one time 
he excommunicated the Mayor of that 
city from his church because he united 
with the Masonic lodge. 

Mr. J. J. Porter, Church Extension 
Secretary for the United Presbyterians, 
was a supporter of our work for many 
years, making annual contribution in 
our aid. As an Elder and leader he 
was highly esteemed and trusted. 

Professor Charles A. Fischer, of 
Hartford, Connecticut, stood by the 
anti-lodge truth as a young man among 
young men. He was a teacher of un- 
usual ability. His taking in the midst 
of life's duties is one of the mysterious 
providences. 

Mrs. Samuel Plumb, of Streator, 
Illinois, was a helpful member of our 
Association. With her late husband 
she shared a disapproval of all secret 
organizations. 

We would also remember Rev. H. 
Wickemeyer, Michigan City, Indiana; 
Rev. H. Lutz, Dubuque, Iowa, and 
Rev. H. Meyer, Lincoln, Illinois. All 
three of these pastors were members 
of the Ohio Synod; they were in the 
ministry over fifty years ; they were 
staunch, life-long opponents of secret- 
ism ; they were pioneers of the Luth- 
eran Church in their respective neigh- 
borhood ; and all were over eighty 
years old when called Home. 

These all died in the faith of the 
Christian, redeemed by the blood of 
the Lamb, having a good hope for a 
part in the first resurrection. While 
we may not have their help in the la- 
bors of earth, if faithful we have the 
good hope of greeting them again on 
the other side. 

W. B. Stoddard, 

Chairman of Committee on 

Memoirs. 



A darky asked for an afternoon off on 
the ground that he was an officer in a 
lodge. ''What office do you hold?" in- 
quired his employer. "I is the Supreme 
Sovereign Judicious Omnipotent Omni- 
present Exalted Grand Ruler," meekly 
explained the supplicant for a half holi- 
day. "Well ! Well ! you must be at the 
head of it." "No, boss, there is eight 
above me." 



IOWA CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION'S 
ANNUAL REPORT 

The following is our report from May 
17th, 1922, to May 21st, 1923: 

Received — 

From Ex-Treas. C. Maring $226.27 

From Christian Reformed Churches. 87.34 

For Anti-lodge tracts 3.00 

Interest on savings account 4.66 

Total $321.27 

Expenditures — 

Stamps, etc $ 4.69 

Rev. Malcolm's expenses to Omaha 

Convention 14.00 

Nat'l Chr. Assn. for tracts 20.00 

Nat'l Chr. Assn. General Fund 30.00 

Total $ 68.69 

Balance $252.58 

Activities 

The Association through its Secretary 
has distributed some 350 tracts to minis- 
ters and laymen, whereas the former Sec- 
retary had distributed tracts to almost 
all the ministers in Iowa and a further 
distribution would be duplication. We 
have therefore decided to give a six 
months free subscription to the Chris- 
tian Cynosure to every minister in 
Iowa. This is the ideal objective for 
which we are working. 

John S. Dykstra, Treasurer. 



SOUTHERN AGENT'S ANNUAL RE- 
PORT. 

To the National Christian Associa- 
tion in Annual Session. 
I am again pleased to submit for your 
prayerful consideration this, my Annual 
Report, from June 1, 1922, to May 1, 
1923, as follows : 

Sermons delivered, 91 ; lectures deliv- 
ered, 75 ; calls made, Bible read and pray- 
er, 695 ; Cynosure readers secured, 96 ; 
receipts from all sources and for all pur- 
poses, $288.94 ; traveling expenses, 
$81.31. I have traveled by rail, water 
and automobile about 1,500 miles. 

My health has not been very good and 
the enemy to all truth and righteousness 
has given me many a trial the past year. 
The Secretists will resort to any measure 
to wreak vengeance on an anti-secretist. 
Please offer special prayer for me. 
Yours in brotherly love, 

F. J. Davidson. 
New Orleans, La. 



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EASTERN SECRETARY'S ANNUAL 
REPORT. 

Dear Friends and Co- Workers in the 

Master's Service : 

As the years roll by and we come to- 
gether to listen to the reports of progress, 
we necessarily not much of sameness for 
our object is one and mode of operation 
similar from year to year. As lodgery 
has its varied manifestations there is 
always variety in our efforts to withstand 
its baneful influence. With Jesus Christ 
as pattern and guide we seek to bring 
these "man made" organizations to the 
test set forth in God's Word, "To the law 
and testimony, if they speak not accord- 
ing to this Word, it is because there is no 
light in them" (Is. 8:20). All thinking 
people acknowledge our age to be unusual 
We are moving, and that very rapidly. 
Can anyone look upon even the surface 
manifestations as brought to notice in 
the headlines of our great daily news- 
papers and question that a tremendous 
power is working in the dark ! Timid 
souls, as well as those who know no 
greater motive than personal gain, are 
naturally drawn" by the under currents 
in their efforts to secure. They imagine 
that to know the concealed power will 
bring the special pull, and lead to ulti- 
mate success. Thus lodges make their 
appeal and have their chance. 

It would seem that the masses in their 
efforts to obtain are figuring less on help 
Divine and more on earthly combinations. 
Naturally as men loose their hold on God 
they become blinded by a mixture of 
truth and error as we find combined in 
the usual lodge presentation. When the 
Ku Klux Klan comes forward with the 
declaration "We are for Christianity" and 
burn the Cross in evidence, some who do 
not think things through as they should, 
are caught with the new spectacular and 
exclaim this is just the thing ! They 
would seek the right, but find themselves 
tied to the wrong. People have become 
so bewildered by the methods of the mul- 
tiplied lodges that the masses drift with 
neither compass nor chart. With no an- 
chor, their life boats are driven by the 
angry waves. Can anyone read a daily 
paper without knowing that this is the 
time when iniquity abounds and for this 
very reason the love of many waxes cold ? 



Has anyone heard of a great revival of 
the Christ spirit ? Is not cold formalism 
everywhere in evidence ? There must be 
a reason for this; may it not be found in 
the anti-Christian education of the secret 
lodge system? In our age of advanced 
scholarship and understanding, Herod 
and Pilate are becoming friends. Asso- 
ciations naturally allied are combining 
and vaunting themselves against our Lord 
and his Christ. Does anyone for a mo- 
ment believe there is any serious disagree- 
ment between the Knights of Columbus 
and the Freemasons ? They are two of 
a kind, and will naturally ally. Is there 
anything but rivalry that keeps them 
a P art ? Th e secret lodge system is one in 
character and nature whatever may be its 
form ! The preacher who said to me the 
other day, we must organize the Protes- 
tant secret societies because the Catholics 
and Jews have theirs, was not speaking 
wisely. Men who fight prairie fires with 
other prairie fires will find all fire ends 
in destruction. As light differs from 
darkness, so Christian methods differ 
from lodge doings. 

My record for the year ending May 
first shows advance to have been made. 
I have been privileged to deliver 197 lec- 
tures and other addresses to audiences 
much the same in size as those of former 
years. The approximate number of calls 
made in the interests of our Cause is 
2,588. The number of Cynosure sub- 
scriptions obtained is 1,332, amounting to 
$1,916.10. Collections on the field, 
$559.91 ; traveling expenses, $897.70. In 
addition to the field usually assigned to 
my care I have visited Wisconsin and 
Michigan in the north, and Florida and 
other states in the South. The usual pre- 
sentation of the facts have brought re- 
sults in the known conversion of some 
and the strengthening of others. As 
my monthly reports have designated 
Churches, Seminaries, Colleges, Leagues, 
Men's Bible Classes and other Associa- 
tions reached, I need not speak of them 
in detail. All, I trust, have contributed 
something to the general good. My mes- 
sage, as always, has been that the Chris- 
tian life is radiant with gospel beauty, 
that no child of the King should put this 
light under a bushel, that the lodges are 
squarely opposed to that openness and 
beauty that everywhere characterizes the 



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Christian. My exhortation has been to 
"come out from the unfruitful works of 
darkness" and identify yourself with the 
children of light. 

Any success which I have attained may 
be attributed to the Divine help granted. 
No efforts backed by the eternal Almighty 
God can be a failure. Success is just 
ahead ! The victory must be ours ! 

W. D. Stoddard. 



LIZZIE WOOD'S ANNUAL REPORT. 

St. Joseph, Mo., May 22, 1923. 
Mr. President, Officers and Members of 

the National Christian Associa- 
tion. 

Greetings to you all in Jesus' dear 
name! 

I beg leave to make my twelfth annual 
report of my work since becoming a mem- 
ber of this blessed National Christian As- 
sociation. I never think that I have done 
much but I am always encouraged to 
know that the officers of this grand and 
good work of the Lord are pleased to 
hear from me. 

I can say of a truth, my trials have 
been many since the last Annual Meet- 
ing, but none of these things move me. 
I want to hear Jesus say, "Let her alone, 
she has done what she could." 

I have lectured in fifteen states since 
our last Annual Meeting. They are : 
Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, 
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, 
Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, 
New York, Virginia and Ohio. Many 
people were saved from the secret orders 
and from all sin. Many honest hearts 
are in the lodges but they do not see the 
sin that is in secret societies. I have dis- 
tributed tracts and sold a few rituals in 
all the towns and cities I have gone to. 
My life was threatened in many places, 
but the Lord God of Heaven has spared 
my life. Some times those with whom I 
stopped were afraid while I was in their 
home, lest some one would burn their 
house. Then I would entreat the Lord 
to spare their house even though they 
harm me; that He would spare them, 
even if I had to go ; that they would take 
me and leave the people alone. 

I am often in much danger, but I get 
alone and say, ''Lord, if I am going to 
fear to speak about these secret orders, 
don't let me say a thing, but if you are 



pleased to have me expose them and help 
the people, then help me to go and stand 
and speak in the Temple to the people all 
the words of this life (Acts 5 :20). When 
I see what others have endured for the 
sake of the Gospel I am encouraged to 
go forward. I beg the prayers of the 
National Christian Association that 
God, my Heavenly Father, may give me 
grace to conquer and keep me to the end. 
Mrs. L. W. Roberson. 



The Family Altar has a story of an 
unusual conversion. A young woman 
came before the session of a Presby- 
terian church and said she wished to 
unite with that church. No one pres- 
ent knew her; she made an unusually 
clear confession of faith, impressing the 
minister so much that he asked her 
how she had been led to Christ. 
"Through Dr. S.," she replied. "Is Dr. 
S. a friend of yours?" she was asked. 
"No," she said, "I have never met or 
even seen him." She was a telephone 
operator, and had had night service, 
from 9 p. m. to 3 a. m. Receiving 
many calls for this physician, Dr. S., 
she had more than once rung his bell 
by mistake. Always he answered, not 
only with courtesy, but in a voice that 
showed no trace of impatience. It was 
such a grateful relief from the surly, 
sleepy voices of others awakened at 
midnight, or the harsh expressions di- 
rected at her when she called a wrong 
number by mistake, that she finally be- 
came deeply interested and wanted to 
know the secret of the difference be- 
tween Dr. S. and other men. She made 
inquiries about him, until she learned 
that Christ was supreme in his heart 
and life, and that what she was so ad- 
miring in him was simply Christ living 
in an earnest Christian. Soon Dr. S.'s 
Saviour was her Saviour. Herein is a 
suggestion for those who have tele- 
phones and are sometimes annoyed by 
untimely calls. 



If we look for our joys anywhere but 
to Jesus Christ, there will always be some 
bit of nature which, like the sulky elder 
brother in the parable, will scowl at the 
music and dancing and refuse to come in. 
— Alexander MacLaren. 



Wtieaxon 



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THE OCINGANJI 

In the Missionary Herald, February, 1923, is 
an article, "The Grand Old Order of Inganji" 
by Henry C. McDowell, from which we give 
below copious extracts. The striking parallels 
between heathen secret societies and those of 
our own land will be noticed. There is the 
death penalty, which we also find among the 
Masons and some other secret orders. It will 
be noticed also that the African secret order 
members "strongly deny everything" just as 
they do in our own country.— Editor. 

Africa is full of native secret orders, 
and they play a large role in the life of 
the raw villagers. 

The "Ocinganji" is the symbol of all 
the secrets and spiritual force of "The 
Grand Old Order of Inganji." It ap- 
pears in a peculiar garb, has a distinctive 
stride, eats specially prepared food, 
spends about three days in a village, dur- 
ing which time the whole village must 
worship it or pay the penalty — death. 
They have all-night dances, pots and pots 
of native strong beer, and after spending 
a day getting worked up, engage in all 
sorts of practices the remaining two days. 
The women fear and worship the order — 
it is a men's organization and does not 
seem to have a corresponding organiza- 
tion for the sisters. The "Ocinganji" 
itself is nothing more than one of their 
group who mysteriously disappears for 
a few days. Sometimes a representative 
or a group comes from the headquarters 
— state office — and things happen then in 
great style. 

The initiation is by circumcision. The 
young boys are taken to the camp and 
remain there for three or four months. 
They are given a new name, circumcised, 
and initiated into all the mysteries of the 
great order. 

Some boys of the school at Dndi, who 
were inclined to accept the Gospel, are 
members of the order, but no longer care 
to worship or engage in the dances, 
brawls, etc., of this secret society. Some 
of these boys went to their village to visit 
relatives on a certain Saturday afternoon. 
It happened that the whole village was 
celebrating the advent of an "Ocinganji." 
These boys refused to join in the celebra- 
tion. 

They were informed that they would 
either partake of the game or suffer the 
penalty — death by poisoning. The boys 
held out. That night the leaders of the 
order conferred on the situation. They 



decided that there were too many to kill 
at once, but that they would kill three of 
the older ones as an object lesson to the 
younger ones and give them a chance to 
"come across." They tried their "dope" 
on one of the boys, and before it was suc- 
cessfully administered he "took to the 
tall timbers." The boys cautiously 
avoided them and they decided to kill 
some of their parents instead. About 
five hours later the father of the boy who 
fled to the woods became desperately ill. 
His family came to me for medicines, 
but native poisons are beyond me. The 
boys were afraid to tell me everything. 
I did a little detective work and got the 
whole story — for unfortunately or for- 
tunately, the African likes to talk and is 
easily pumped. I got all my information 
from villagers themselves, so that they 
could not accuse the boys. 

On Monday morning I decided to make 
a bold stroke. It was fraught with great 
dangers, but something needed to be done 
and that quickly. I went directly to the 
king and asked that he assemble all his 
old men for a "tribunal." In a few 
moments I was face to face with about 
120 old men. I again told them the why 
and the wherefore of our coming among 
them, and as tactfully as possible led up 
to the question of the day. I laid down 
two general propositions that they had to 
accept. Firstly, that I had no authority 
to destroy their order, and that was not 
my immediate intention. Secondly, that 
in case, however, an individual or indi- 
viduals desired to withdraw from the 
order and did it honorably they had no 
authority to kill them, as their order was 
not recognized by the Government, and 
their killings would in the eyes of the law 
be murder. 

In native style they strongly denied 
everything. I, of course, expected them 
to do that. You do not get anywhere 
with a raw heathen by mere persuasion; 
you must show him that he is hedged in 
and then he will confess. When the hear- 
ing was growing a little warm, I picked 
my chance and arose from my seat (it is 
the custom to sit at such hearings) and 
made one of the most daring moves of 
my life. 

I went directly to the king, his chief 
counselor who was seated on his right, 
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isters poisons) to the right of the king's 
prime minister. The following dialogue 
ensued : 

McDowell (in low, clear cut tones). 
"Where is Mucoca?" (the father of the 
boy who fled to the woods). 
King. "He is at his house." 
McDowell. "Send for him. I want 
to ask him a question." 

King. "He is sick and cannot come." 
McDowell. "What is his ailment?" 
King. "Just a little ordinary ailment." 
McDowell. "His ailment is not ordi- 
nary. He is sick unto death. I have facts 



"I came among you to co-operate with 
you in the development of your children 
(subjects) and your country in general, 
but from this day even forever it must be 
recognized that when one desires to with- 
draw from certain evil practices, which 
unfortunately you and your children have 
inherited from times remote, they shall 
not be considered fit subjects to die. 

"I have never derided your institutions 
and shall not encourage others to do so. 
I encourage the younger to revere and 
obey their king and elders, and shall con- 
tinue to do so, but when the light breaks 




THE CHIEF AND HIS COUNSELLORS. 



and witnesses to prove that on this site 
a tribunal was held last Saturday night. 
It was decided to kill three boys as an 
object lesson to those who did not wor- 
ship and fear the 'ocinganji.' Your ser- 
vant, the 'onganga,' attempted to poison 
Antonio, but the boy was too wise, and 
fled out of the house to the woods. Your 
servant, the chief counselor, advised the 
poisoning of his father instead. 

"As your 'onganga' knows poisons he 
also knows antidotes ; if you are wise you 
will send him immediately to cure Mu- 
coca. If Mucoca dies I shall take the 
dead body to the Fort as a mute witness 
of the murder planned and executed by 
you three. 



and they recognize a better way, they are 
not to be killed. 

"I shall not go to the authorities unless 
forced to do so ; I would rather amicably 
settle the affair here, and we come to 
some working agreement ; but if you care 
to go to the Fort, I am already on tho 
way." 

About that time they were all around 
my feet, begging me not to go to the Fort, 
and pledging co-operation. The next 
day Mucoca began to recover, and is all 
right now. The other boys have not 
been molested, and now the king brings 
gifts — which is strictly native. So long 
as I talked gently and admonished them 
in pious platitudes, no gifts came ; but 



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now I am to be appeased, and gifts come 
from kings all around. I am told that 
there is an average of a death per day at 
the big Ombala — the majority from pois- 
oning. 



We look not at the things which are 
seen, but at the things which are not 
seen : for the things which are seen are 
temporal ; but the things which are not 
seen are eternal. — II Cor. 4:18. 



ONE THING MR. FORD FORGOT 



By Rev. Walter A. Maier, St. Louis, Mo. 



Few agitations have created so much 
comment and caused such general excite- 
ment as the anti-Semitic campaign of 
Mr. Ford, instituted about two years ago, 
and continued in the columns of The 
Dearborn Independent untM compara- 
tively recently, when, for some reason 
or other, the anti- Jewish articles were 
rather abruptly discontinued. In the long 
series of these articles Mr. Ford's editor 
showed how the Jews were securing a 
strangle hold upon some of the industries 
of our country, how they controlled the 
financial world, the publishing industries, 
the theatre business in all of its phases, 
including the motion pictures, and how 
by these and similar means, Jewish capi- 
tal and Jewish brain were combining to 
carry through the program laid down in 
the "Protocols of the Learned Elders of 
ion. 

The deluge of printed material that 
flooded the country in the newspapers and 
popular magazines in the attempt to 
counteract the claims of the Detroit auto- 
mobile manufacturer has not yet sub- 
sided. Yet, in spite of all that has been 
said and written, the significant fact re- 
mains that no one has yet been able to 
disprove the existence of the genuineness 
of these "Protocols," which claim to re- 
produce the resolutions accepted at the 
first Zionist Congress which was held in 
1897, at Basil, Switzerland, and which 
for very obvious reasons were kept secret 
until by accident different translations 
were secured and published by people 
who recognized their importance. 

Most of the very plain and alarming 
utterances of these "Protocols" received 
detailed comment in Mr. Ford's paper. 
One very important, yes, essentially vital 
part of these "Protocols," however was 
not published, and it is difficult to under- 
stand why the series should be completed 
without mention of perhaps the most 



vital fact of the whole disclosure. Diffi- 
cult, we say, unless, indeed, the Ford 
presidency boom is something more than 
the newspapers would lead us to believe 
and Mr. Ford, anxious to be elected, 
realizes that he cannot overcome the com- 
bined opposition of Jews and Masons. 
The part of the "Protocols" that the Ford 
Weekly has not discussed is the relation 
between the International Jew and the 
Freemasons. 

It is true, the man who wrote the 
series of anti-Semitic articles in The 
Dearborn Independent knew that the 
"Protocols" specifically mentions and dis- 
cusses Masonry, because when he comes 
to the part of the "Protocols" which deal 
with secret societies, he says, very sig- 
nificantly : 

"The remarks under this head are cur- 
tailed by the present writer, because the 
'Protocols' make reference to a very im- 
portant secret order, the mention of 
whose name in this connection might lead 
to misunderstanding [because Mr. Ford 
is a Mason] and which is therefore, re- 
served for future and fuller attention. 
It will, however, be of interest to the 
members of that order to see what the 
'Protocols' have to say of it, and then to 
check up the fact and see how they cor- 
respond." (The International Jew, Vol- 
ume I, page 120). 

Three years have passed since the 
promise of "future and fuller attention" 
was made, and while we have not the 
slightest doubt that the promise made in 
the columns of The Dearborn Indepen- 
dent will be kept, we do not feel that 
there should be any further delay in pre- 
senting to the readers of the Cynosure 
the attitude of the International Jew to- 
ward the Masonic order as it is outlined 
in the "Protocols." 

This attitude is nothing short of start- 
line:. But lest the reader consider the 



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expression of the "Protocols" too drastic 
and too startling to be true and historical, 
we simply emphasize the fact that if this 
part of the "Protocols" is rejected 
then all that Mr. Ford has published 
heretofore must be consigned to the limbo 
of newspaper imagination and sensation- 
alism. But if what Mr. Ford has written 
is correct — and it would be difficult to 
suggest any possible motive that might 
lead the wealthy genius to risk his name, 
fame, and fortune by supporting a mere 
will-o'the-wisp fancy — then what he has 
neglected or forgotten to write about 
Masonry is also correct. 

Jews Claim Control of Masons 

If the attitude of the Elders of Zion 
toward Masonry is startling, they are in 
no degree ambiguous in definding just 
what this relation between the Jewish and 
the Masonic world is to be. The "Pro- 
tocols" state quite clearly, as Mr. Ford's 
paper neglects to record : 

"It is self-understood that we [that is, 
the Jews] alone and no one else direct 
the activities of the Freemasons. Only 
we know what the ends are toward which 
they are striving, and we alone recognize 
the ultimate end of their every action. 
The Gentiles, on the contrary, have not 
the least conception of these things." 

Here, then, is a startling situation. 
These Free and Accepted Masons with 
their pompous titles, their imposing de- 
grees, their ostentatious regalia — all de- 
scribed as tools of international Judaism ! 
Masonry with its two million adherents in 
our own country, with the wealth that it 
represents and controls, and the author- 
ity which it commands and exercises, 
serving knowingly or unknowingly the 
ambitions of Jewish world dominion! 

If it were not for the cold facts in the 
case and for the clear and unbiased rec- 
ords of recent history such a situation, 
at first glance would appear as humorous 
as it seems impossible. Yet, even if the 
"Protocols" were the purest fiction, and 
even if this reference to the control of 
the actions of the Masonic orders were 
entirely invented, there can be little doubt 
as to the truth of the implications, when 
we consider the circumstances that con- 
front us today, not only in our own coun- 
try but throughout the civilized world. 

In one of the following issues we shall 



speak of the control which Jewish leaders 
are exercising over Masonic lodges in 
European countries, where the Jews are 
either in actual control and direction of 
Masonic affairs, or are earnestly striving 
— and not without success — for this con- 
trol and direction in those countries where 
their plans have not fully matured. At 
this writing, however, it will be shown 
that even in our own country the Jewish 
propaganda for the supreme direction of 
Freemasonry has assumed larger propor- 
tions, and is working with more success, 
than most of us realize. 

Jews Make "Very Good Masonic Materiar 

There was a time in our country when 
Freemasonry made a semblance of being 
a Christian organization. Masonic ora- 
tors used to wax eloquent in describing 
the truly Christian character of their or- 
ganization. Even today there are no few 
deluded and uninformed Masons, espe- 
cially in those parts of the country where 
there are few or no Jews, who really 
think and who claim that Masonry is a 
support and pillar of Christianity. They 
point to the open Bible ; to the profusion 
of Biblical terms that are bandied about 
in the lodge vernacular ; they make much 
of their temples and point with pride to 
the many thousands of "Christian" min- 
isters who have affiliated themselves with 
secret orders and who do not hesitate to 
champion Masonry's cause. They remind 
us of all these things and then cap the 
climax by telling us that their Masonic 
connections are helping to make them 
better Christians. 

Aside from the fact that such people 
do not know what the Christian religion 
really means and implies, we note that 
according to Albert G. Mackey's "Ency- 
clopedia of Freemasonry," "Freemasonry 
is not Christianity, nor a substitute for 
it." The position of Freemasonry is 
clearly described when the same author- 
ity, in correcting the mistaken ideas of 
other Masonic writers is constrained to 
say in the oft-quoted words : 

"Hutchinson and Oliver have fallen 
into great error in calling the Master 
Mason's degree a Christian institution. 
If Masonry were simply a Christian in- 
stitution, the Jew and the Moslem, the 
Brahmin and the Buddhist, could not 
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tion. But its universality is its boast. 
At its altars men of all religions may 
kneel ; to its creed disciples of every 
creed may subscribe." 

Today Masonic officers frankly admit 
not only that Jews are eligible for all, 
including the very highest of Masonic 
honors, but also that they are welcomed 
into the Masonic ranks and that they 
prove to be among the most zealous and 
untiring workers for the furtherance of 
Masonry. Significant is the statement in 
Henry Ward Dana's "History of Free- 
masonry' which states : 

"The higher degrees began to be added 
in France and were introduced from 
France into the United States through 
the channel of the Jews." 

History shows that the Jew who intro- 
duced the Scottish Rite degrees in our 
country was the Parisian Etienne Morin 
and experience shows that his country- 
men of today have made large and liberal 
use of his importation. The Grand Sec- 
retary of the Grand Lodge of Oregon 
states : 

"There are quite a number of Masons 
of the Jewish faith. Many of these have 
joined the Scottish Rite and the Shrine." 
Any person who uses his powers of ob- 
servation will come to the conclusion that 
the Oregon Grand Secretary is speaking 
not only for the domains of his Grand 
Lodge, but also for the whole country. 

Whatever rank or degree the Jews may 
hold, they are welcomed into Masonry 
with wide-spread arms. The Grand Sec- 
retary of the Grand Lodge of Baltimore 
is enthusiastic enough to admit: 

"We have quite a few members in our 
Grand Lodge of the Jewish faith, and 
will say that they make very good Ma- 
sonic material." There is, therefore, no 
doubt as to Masonry's over-zealous wel- 
come to Jewish brothers, and there is 
still less doubt as to the Jewish desire to 
accept this welcome, as we shall see. 

Masonry Makes Very Good Jewish Material 

Both of the Grand Secretaries quoted 
above are anxious to stress the fact that 
there are not isolated instances of Jewish 
Masonic affiliation, but rather that there 
are "quite a few" Masonic Jews. If we 
stop to realize that the entire Jewish pop- 
ulation of our country is relatively very 
small, this emphasis becomes significant. 



The fact of the whole matter is this, that 
proportionately no church or nationality 
is as strongly represented in the Masonic 
ranks as the Jews ! 

Perhaps it was this fact that caused the 
Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of 
New York to withhold all information 
when he was asked to issue a statement 
as to the number of Jews in the territory 
under his jurisdiction. In New York 
City, where according to the latest issue 
of the city directory there are more 
Cohens than Smiths, the Jews have a 
strangle hold upon Masonic activity. 
There are about 200,000 Masons in all 
ranks and degrees in this, the greatest 
Jewish city of the world, and there are 
not only lodges which are entirely com- 
posed of Jewish Masons, but there is 
scarcely any lodge or any activity of any 
lodge in that city which is not influenced 
by Jewish leadership or propaganda. 

The same conditions prevail propor- 
tionately in our other American cities. 
At least half of the Chicago Masons are 
Jews, according to the statement of a 
Chicago Jew who is a high-degree Mason. 
The Old Keystone Lodge in Chicago 
from which Edmond Ronayne seceeded, 
has as many Jews as Gentiles. And here, 
too, there are lodges, like the Pilgrim 
lodge, which are entirely composed of 
Jews. 

There is especially one branch of Free- 
masonry which the Jews in America con- 
trol practically without limit and re- 
straint, and that is those lodges which 
are composed of German Americans — 
lodges that have succeeded in snatching 
some weak-kneed and misinformed mem- 
bers away from their church which they 
had not learned to love and appreciate. 
To cite just one example, which is illus- 
trative of conditions as they obtain else- 
where : The Germania lodge in Boston 
is evidently under the direction of Jewish 
officers. A glance at the society roster 
is enough to convince a skeptical reader 
of this fact. If there should be further 
doubt, the reader is asked to consult the 
records of other German American- so- 
cieties and to find the names that are 
recorded in Dr. Friedrich Wichtl's recent 
revelation : "W cltfrcimanrcrci, Wcltrc- 
volution, Wcltrepublxk'' to find the list 
of leaders in German-American lodges 
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Charles Schmiel, W. Tutlemond, A. 
Mailaender, Adam Licht, M. Goldsch- 
midt, Eugen Cohn — all recorded as Jews. 
In addition to all this, however, we 
must realize that the "Independent" Jew- 
ish lodges, for example, the B'nai Berith, 
the Berith Abraham, and the Independent 
Order of Free Sons of Israel, which were 
founded in America, are closely related 
to the Masonic system. Of the B'nai 
Berith, for example, the "Cyclopedia of 
•Fraternities" states that this order was of 
"Masonic inspiration." The Berith Abra- 
ham is characterized by the same author- 
ity in this way : "Like all similar Hebrew 
organizations, it embodies the features of 
Freemasonry." Similarly, the Indepen- 
dent Order of Free Sons of Israel is 
said to employ "Masonic nomenclature 
and outward forms." Indeed, so close 
is the relation of the Masonic bodies with 
these Jewish organizations, that the 
Vienna Grand Lodge expressly permits 
its members to become affiliated with the 
B'nai Berith! And the B'nai Berith in 
order to return the compliment, declare 
emphatically : "The Idea of Freemasonry 
originated among the Jews." 

What All This Means, 

When we are thus confronted with the 
evidence of increasing domination of the 
Masonic orders by the Jews, we realize — 
entirely apart from the question that may 
be raised as to the genuineness of the 
"Protocols" that the international pro- 
gram of the Jews is using these secret 
orders to further its own ambitions and 
that the greater their degree of success, 
the more dangerous their aggression will 
be to our own country. 

In addition to this, however, we also 
realize that the anti-Christian character 
of Masonry also increases to the extent 
that the Jews are successful in carrying 
through their proposed dominion of 
Masonry. The fact that the policies and 
plans of this organization are being 
shaped by men who are anti- Christian in 
word and deed should be a powerful and 
compelling reason for everyone who is 
moved by the Spirit of Jesus Christ to 
flee from this polluting iniquity forever. 



What we gather of earthly goods we 
leave behind ; what we gain in moral and 
spiritual character we keep forever. 



LODGE MEN UNFAIR TO CHURCH. 

At a meeting some time ago in a 
country church an evangelist made the 
statement, "If a man belonged to the 
church and also to the lodge he would 
favor the lodge and neglect the 
church." A man sprang to his feet and 
denied the statement of my friend, but by 
Scriptural teaching and experiences of 
many a seceder he was able to prove to 
the satisfaction of his hearers that his 
statement was true. And is it not true? 
This can be proved by many men who 
once loved darkness rather than light 
and are now working for the salvation 
of many who are yet in darkness. 

Men are unfair to the greatest insti- 
tution of modern civilization. This is 
manifested by the empty pew r s today. 
Government and Church statistics 
show that for years in this country 
church membership is on the decrease, 
including Protestants and Roman 
Catholics. Sixty per cent of our popu- 
lation have no church relation what- 
ever. Forty per cent of a nation surely 
is not the maximum conquest of the 
Gospel of Him who said, "And I if I 
be lifted up will draw all men unto 
Me." On the other hand, the lodges 
are increasing daily in members as well 
as in power. 

A man who neglects his church on 
account of the lodge is unfair to his 
family. His wife and children go to 
the prayer meeting while he goes to 
the lodge meeting, thus neglecting the 
best possible chance for growing in 
grace. 

We will all agree that a plant thrives 
better under more favorable conditions 
than in a cellar where it is hidden from 
the light. It might survive for a time 
after a sickly fashion, but it will soon 
die. The same is true of the man and 
the lodge. He is weak and has no tes- 
timony for Christ and the Kingdom ; 
while his family is feasting on the good 
things he is eating the husks. At the 
church with his family he would re- 
ceive his highest/ aspirations and find 
hope when every day life has tended to 
make him hopeless. 

Then again he is unfair to himself. 
He becomes accustomed to a type of 
thinking that his lodge is the only 



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agency which has the truth. He be- 
lieves in her ritual and the oath. He 
trusts her teaching sufficiently to risk 
his soul to her ordeals and has the as- 
surance that the lodge will land him in 
the grand lodge above. But how dis- 
appointed he will be when he comes to 
the brink of the river and his listening 
ear can almost hear the boatman call- 
ing. Then in the darkness and mys- 
tery of loneliness there will be nothing 
to sustain and sooth him as his misled 
faith fails and the light disappears. His 
cries will not be "O ! Worshipful Mas- 
ter," but "O ! Christ I am lost." I say 
a man is unfair to himself in neglect- 
ing the enrichment of his life for serv- 
ice, by a low, shallow stream offered by 
man. 

Then, again, a lodge man is unfair 
to the church. The church needs him 
at her regular services as well as her 
activities. He should be an example to 
the young men in honest, upright and 
consecrated purposes in life. The 
church needs him for the financial sup- 
port of her activities at home and 
abroad. A man who will not get un- 
der the burden of the church and lend 
his support, but spends his nights in 
the company of men secreted behind 
closed doors will never be of any use 
in the Kingdom of God. 

Truly it has been said, "The world 
is dying for lack of a living faith." 
Humanity is nervously sick, mentally 
befogged, and morally adrift because it 
is spiritually bereft. The name of God 
remains in our language, but the con- 
sciousness of God is absent in our lives. 
Talk about the absentee God of the 
fathers. In spite of all the preaching, 
the average man today thinks of God 
as a billion miles away. How many 
Christians can claim the Unseen Com- 
panion and further say "A conception 
of Him as impersonally present in all 
things has taken the place of the vivid 
consciousness of Him as present in the 
individual life, guiding, guarding, sta- 
bilizing, comforting and controlling." 

Then, again, the lodgeman is unfair 
to the true minister of the Gospel. Mr. 
J. E. Price once said: 

"A minister is human and no more, 
many theorists to the contrary, how- 



ever. Why should the ministers of a 
town have to cudgel their brains, dig 
and delve and pound their typewriters 
all morning, run around from house to 
house every afternoon, drumming up 
business like an agent, get up in the 
night to be with the dying and some of 
us who ought to be dead, and then, 
after a week of such rampaging, go to 
their churches full of enthusiasm to 
preach to some old maids, a man or 
two, some greyheads, some empty 
pews and some more empty pews? 

"I say, we are unfair to our minis- 
ters. Most of them left jobs as good 
as yours or mine to help up keep our 
towns clean, and our youth straight, 
and now we have some of us gotten so 
low down that instead of them helping 
us, we can't even say that we are help- 
ing them. Shame on us ! We are UN- 
FAIR. 

"Then some day we will skulk 
around with a hang-dog expression and 
ask them to bury our loved ones. We'll 
want them to rack their brains so as to 
think up something that will be "dif- 
ferent," but will help heal our hurt. 
We are UNFAIR." 



The Bible is complete. It answers 
all the questions which have agitated 
the hearts and minds of human beings 
during the ages and it never fails in 
any emergency. Nothing is omitted 
that is necessary for the everlasting 
welfare of the human race. When John 
laid down his pen, the Bible had been 
completed once for all times. To add 
to it is almost as harmful as to detract 
from it. 



The Bible, above all, is the eternal 
revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of 
God and the divine Redeemer of sin- 
cursed humanity. It thus becomes the 
Word of Salvation in a pre-eminent 
sense, and this fact alone offers the 
compelling reason why it should be 
studied with reverence and devotion by 
every man, woman, and child on the 
faqe of the earth. — Walt her League 
Messenger. 



"A sentinel must not leave his post even 
to gather pearls or diamonds." 



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SECRET SOCIETIES. 

BY DANIEL KAUFMAN, SCOTTDALE, PA. 
(Continued from June.) 
Anti-Christian Prayers. 

Lodge prayers are anti-Christian. We 
have not found yet a lodge prayer which 
recognizes Christ, either as the Son of 
God, or as the divine and eternal Re- 
deemer of the world. Lodge prayers, 
when prayed according to the rituals, are 
Christless. Prayer for the forgiveness of 
sins is unknown in ritualistic lodge pray- 
ers. Other things are substituted. 

Take for example the prayer at the 
opening of the Grand Lodge. One para- 
graph runs as follows: ''Enlighten, we 
beseech thee, the dark corners of the earth 
with the rays of our benevolent institu- 
tion'' (not with Christ, His Gospel, or 
the Holy Spirit), "that all the ends of the 
world may know thee and every human 
being be taught to love his fellowmen" 
(Mackey's Ritualist, page 18). 

Again the prayer at the initiation of the 
Entered Apprentice: "Vouchsafe thine 
aid, Almighty Father of the Universe, to 
this our present convention, and grant 
that this candidate for Masonry may dedi- 
cate and devote his life to Thy service, to 
become a true and faithful brother among 
us. Endue him with a competency of Thy 
divine wisdom, that by the secrets of our 
part he may be better enabled to display 
the beauties of godliness to the honor of 
Thy holy name" (Mackey's Ritualist, 
page 24). 

Also, the opening prayer of the Knights 
of Pythias : "Supreme Ruler of the Uni- 
verse, we humbly ask Thy blessing upon 
the officers and members of this lodge. 
Aid us to avoid anger and dissension; 
help us to work together in the spirit of 
fraternity; and inspire us to exemplify 
the friendship of Damon and Pythias. 
Hear and answer us, we beseech Thee. 
Amen." 

Once more, the invocation of the "Red 
Men": "O Thou Great Spirit of the 
Universe, good and powerful as Thou 
art, whose power is displayed in the 
splendor of the sun, the glories of the 
night, the foliage of the forest, the roar- 
ing of the rivers and the great waters of 
the deep, look down from Thy majestic 
throne of grace and shed Thy bounties 
upon all true Red Men. Do Thou, Great 
Spirit, inspire each Red Man's breast 



with that holy courage which will teach 
him to paddle his own canoe safely to 
that undiscovered country from whose 
bourn no traveler returns." Or, again, 
in the closing invocation : "O Thou Great 
Spirit, we acknowledge Thy wisdom and 
goodness toward the Red Men of our 
tribe. We ask Thee to watch over us 
through the slumbers of the night, and 
while following the hunt. Guard us from 
all harm, succor the distressed, feed the 
hungry and clothe the poor. Do Thou, 
Great Spirit, impress upon each Red 
Man's heart, to bear patiently the lot as- 
signed him on earth, so that, when he is 
called from the hunting grounds of his 
fathers he may meet the shaft of death 
with unwavering courage, and feel as- 
sured that Thou wilt sustain him through 
the dark valley of the shadow of death. 
Hear us, O Great Spirit !" 

In these prayers there is no recognition 
of Christ as the Son of God ; no repent- 
ance or confession of sin ; in fact, there is 
missing every essential point which makes 
the Christian prayer. This being the evi- 
dent state of things, how can a Christian 
be a member of, or even in sympathy 
with, such an institution, and at the same 
time be faithful to God? 

The Lodge Idea of Heaven. 

Finally, the heaven of the Lodge is 
not the Christian heaven. We take again 
the prayer used in the funeral service of 
the Freemasons. Omitting a few lines, 
the prayer proceeds as follows : "May 
the present instance of morality sensibly 
remind us of our approaching fate, and 
may it have the influence to wean our af- 
fections from this transitory world, and 
to fix them more devotedly on Thee, the 
only sure refuge in time of need. And, 
at last, Great Parent of the Universe, 
when our journey shall be near to its end ; 
when the silver cord shall be loosed, and 
the golden bowl be broken, . O, in that 
mortal extremity, may we be enabled to 
'work an entrance' into the celestial Lodge 
above . . . ." (Canton Lodge, page 22). 

While most lodges differ in their teach- 
ing on the future world, yet they are alike 
in this, that they do not teach the Chris- 
tian view of heaven. A faithful lodgeman 
is said to go at his death, to the "celestial 
lodge above," or to the happy hunting 
ground, or to some similar place, regard- 



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less of his relation to Christ or to the 
Christian Church. It does not take a 
great intellect to know that a man cannot 
be a true Christian and a lodge member 
at the same time. 

Thus we have found the lodge to be 
fundamentally anti-Christian in its foun- 
dations, in its secrecy, in its respect for 
persons, in its god, in its oaths and obli- 
gations, in its prayers and in its heaven. 
The question is, what should be 
(To be Continued.) 



then we who are opposed should have 

the same privilege. In this matter I am 

deeply touched by my fidelity to Christ. 

Yours in the bonds of Jesus Christ, 

W. C. Paden. 



A friendship that makes the least noise 
is very often the most useful; for which 
reason I should prefer a prudent friend 
to a zealous one. — Addison. 



AN OPEN LETTER. 

Rev. Dr. Maitland Alexander, pastor 
of the First church, Pittsburgh, Pa., 
preached to the Knights Templar, who 
opened the Annual Conclave of the Grand 
Commandery of Pennsylvania, which met 
in Pittsburgh this year, by receiving their 
first official welcome from the pulpit of a 
church. About fifteen hundred attend- 
ed. Dr. Alexander gave them welcome 
for their conclave in the name of religion, 
and in the equally broad application of 
human brotherhood and common fellow- 
ship on earth. He prefaced his sermon 
with the declaration that in these days the 
invasion of a church by any secret order 
has come to be in many instances a cause 
for alarm. "But we welcome you, the 
members of this historic secret order, be- 
cause it proclaims itself to be that which 
is noble and high in aims and fruitful of 
all that is good in its products." — The 
Presbyterian (page 24), May 31, 1923. 



To the Editor of The Presbyterian : 

In the May 31st issue of The Presby- 
terian there appeared on page 24 in "Brief 
News Items of Interest Among the Vari- 
ous Churches" a striking item from Pitts- 
burgh telling of the appearing of the 
Knights of the Knights Templar Con- 
clave of Pennsylvania in the First Pres- 
byterian church at the invitation of the 
church authorities and were thus greeted 
with a welcome. Will you publish the 
enclosed open letter to Dr. Maitland 
Alexander? If those who favor these 
things gain entrance to your columns, 



Dr. Maitland Alexander. 

Dear Sir and Brother : I have just read 
in the public prints that the Knights 
Templar opened their Annual Conclave 
of the Grand Commandery of Pennsyl- 
vania in the city of Pittsburgh and that 
you preached to them from your pulpit, 
thus giving them "their first official wel- 
come from the pulpit of a church." You 
gave them this welcome "in the name of 
religion." What religion? Either you 
know the history, services and principles 
of this institution or you do not. If you 
do not know these you assume a great 
responsibility in throwing your influence 
in this direction without adequate knowl- 
edge ; if you do know these things your 
culpability is greater. Bear in mind that 
in previous degrees of free masonry the 
name of Jesus Christ is ignored in 
prayers and His name is cut out of pro- 
fessed direct Scripture quotations. To 
Masonry the cross of Christ is an offence. 
But now in this so-called higher degree 
of Masonry we come to what some are 
pleased to call the preeminently Chris- 
tian degree of Masonry — The Knights 
of" Templar degree. How can it be shown 
to be the Christian degree of Masonry? 
Does a man have to confess faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior before 
he can become a Knight Templar? Or 
does he simply have to say that he will 
stand for the defence of women and 
Christianity ? Is there in this degree any 
adequate recognition of Jesus Christ as 
Savior or is He simply referred to as an 
historical personage ? 

Did you say anything to the Knights 
Templars and to others present at this 
service of the librations of wine the 
Knights drink in a notable service of the 
order? Did you specially mention the 
Fifth Libation which is drunk from the 
upper part of a human skull and also of 
the accompanying imprecation upon his 
soul of the penalty for his own sins and 
for the sins of him from whose skull he 
was drinking this Fifth Libation? Did 
vou teach them and vour teachable con- 



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gregation that this was a blasphemous 
mockery of the sacred supper of our 
Lord and was "crucifying to themselves 
the Son of God afresh, and putting him 
to an open shame"? If you did that, 
you did well and I commend you. You 
speak a grave truth in your preface "that 
in these days the invasion of a church 
by any secret society has come to be in 
many instances a cause of alarm." You 
would have done well to have stopped 
there; but "you welcome the members 
of this historic secret order, because it 
proclaims itself to be that which is noble 
and high in aims and fruitful of all that 
is good in its products." True it does 
proclaim itself as such, but does such 
proclamation make it such? Its age can- 
not hide its defects. 

Be attentive and see if you will not yet 
have cause for shame of face before this 
Conclave gets out of your community. 
Of course, they like to have the church 
of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay servile 
attention to them. The church of Jesus 
Christ lowers herself when she paddles 
palms with this Baalistic harlot. In the 
terse and graphic language of the immor- 
tal John Bunyan "Let us not be Lick- 
spittles." 

Respectfully submitted, - 

W. C. Paden. 

Independence, Iowa. 



JHetos from OTorfeer* 



One of the Association's oldest friends 
and most faithful co-worker is Mr. R. A. 
McCoy of Princeton, Indiana. Our 
brother is now in his 69th year. He was 
seriously injured on May 12th by falling 
from a wagon, as the team suddenly 
started and fell striking his head and 
shoulders. This is the second accident 
which Brother McCoy has had within 
a year. We do not know definitely just 
how serious the accident is but we under- 
stand he now seems to be paralyzed from 
his shoulders down. The sincere sym- 
pathy of the readers of the Cynosure, 
as well as that of the Officers of the 
Association are extended to our brother 
and to his daughters, Mrs. C. W. Brown 
of Princeton, Indiana, and Mrs. E. M. 
Radcliffe, of Bridgeport, Ohio. 



"There are no crown wearers in 
Heaven, who were not cross bearers be- 
low." 



The world's best work has been done 
by those who with difficulty found time 
for it in crowded lives. 



Kindness is the key to the human heart 
the world over. 



EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

REV. W. B. STODDARD. 

Lancaster, Pa., June 13, 1923. 

June brings its usual rush of clerical, 
college and other notable gatherings, to- 
gether with the parades. The Lancaster 
morning paper tells of a parade of white 
men calling themselves "Red Men," to 
be held today. In beginning the address 
of the session Major W. C. Rehm is 
quoted as follows : "Squaws, bucks, 
braves and chiefs." With the city Mayor 
at the head, these are to be in the parade 
today. A business man who did not dec- 
orate his store remarked to the writer, 
"They appear to be a bunch who want to 
do something and don't know how !" 

The Nobles of the Mystic Shrine spent 
a week, more or less, with their parade in 
Washington, D. C. Their "Mecca" was 
the "Garden of Allah," where they re- 
ceived the welcome of President Hard- 
ing and others. A local paper told of 
their dancing up and down the avenue to 
Jazz music most of one night. A "Noble" 
whom the writer chanced to meet said, 
"It was the most wonderful argument in 
favor of prohibition I ever heard of. 
There was not a single arrest, and the 
court had nothing to do," he said. The 
local papers had told of crowds of boot- 
leggers who were just outside the city 
waiting to impose upon the people when 
these "Nobles" should arrive. The 
"Noble" who reported was an old one and 
evidently knew what to expect on such 
occasions. He said, "I'm all in" — what- 
ever that meant. 

The paper also reported that following 
the Shriners' parade the President had 
gone to join "the tall Cedars of Lebanon," 
another Masonic adjunct. While writ- 
ing of the spectacular, I may give the fol- 
lowing which appeared in the Peoria, 
Illinois Transcript, May 22nd: 



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"The Hoo Hoo Club will meet Tues- 
day evening at the home of Mrs. Rosa 
Murphy, 424 Johnson street. Cards and 
bunco will be played. Friends and the 
public are invited." It is to be presumed 
after "the public" had played "bunco" — 
whatever that may be — they would be- 
come friends. My time is too fully occu- 
pied to attend Indian parades, or accept 
invitations to bunco games, were I so 
inclined. With a world dying in sin and 
the crying need for workers, what can 
people who wish to spend their time play- 
ing they are "squaws, bucks," etc., be 
thinking of ! 

Following my last report I ran to the 
Peoria, Illinois, District and spent some 
pleasant days with friends near Eureka, 
Washington and Washburn, Illinois, 
speaking at the Mennonite Old Folks' 
Home and two country churches known 
as Harmony and Roanoke. Much kind- 
ness was shown me and the Cynosure 
subscription list increased. At Joliet, Illi- 
nois, I was splendidly cared for by Pastor 
Carl Kurth of St. Peter's Lutheran 
Church. There were many expressions 
of appreciation of my lecture and a re- 
quest that I return. 

The following evening Pastor Kowert 
of St. John's Lutheran Church of Elgin, 
Illinois, sandwiched in my twenty min- 
ute address at a large Luther League 
gathering of the young people. They 
were celebrating the thirtieth anniversary 
of their organization. I, of course, con- 
gratulated them on the right stand they 
had taken on the lodge question. My ad- 
dress before the Men's Club of Christ's 
Lutheran Church, Oak Park, Illinois, was 
an extended affair, reaching far into the 
night. Many Chicago business men were 
present and questions asked were not few. 
They ask for more along our line, feel- 
ing there is special need for enlighten- 
ment at this time. A Sabbath spent in 
the Roseland district of Chicago with 
friends of the Christian Reformed 
Churches gave opportunity for address to 
possibly eight hundred people in two 
large churches. I was most kindly cared 
for in the home of Rev. Mr. Hylkema, an 
honored Director of our National 
Christian Association. 

Owing to the impaired health of our 
General Secretary and Treasurer the An- 
nual Meeting was not extended as usual. 



We were thankful that Brother Phillips, 
who has for so long been our leader, could 
be present and_give attention to Associa- 
tion needs. It is hoped with a time of 
rest he may come back in strength. 

The appointing of Brother A. H. Lea- 
man as Cynosure Editor will bring new 
vigor to our editorial columns. 

After an absence of two months I re- 
turned home and found wife had ar- 
ranged for me to fill the pulpit of a broth- 
er minister called to undergo a serious op- 
eration. The operation was pronounced a 
success and hopes for recovery are ex- 
pressed. My plan for the immediate fu- 
ture calls for work in Lancaster and 
Lebanon counties, Pennsylvania, before 
going to the General Synod Meeting of 
our Missouri Lutheran friends at Fort 
Wayne, Indiana. Work for July is con- 
templated for Wisconsin. Several re- 
quests for lectures have come from Lu- 
theran churches in that district. 

The Home-going of some of our good 
friends has just come to my notice. 
George Bucher of Mechanics Grove, 
Pennsylvania, died very suddenly at the 
advanced age of seventy-eight. He was 
a member of the Church of the Brethren 
and a supporter of our work. Rev. J. 
Ralston Wylie died in the seventy-sixth 
year of his life. He was an anti-secrecy 
worker and an honored pastor in the 
Covenanter Church. Rev. Irvin A. 
Blackwood, also of the Church of the 
Covenanters, leaves a large circle of 
friends who highly appreciated his un- 
tiring efforts in the proclamation of re- 
form truth. 

I am especially indebted to Christian 
Reformed churches of Midland Park and 
Paterson, New Jersey, for their generous 
contribution in aid of our work. 



"LIZZIE WOODS' LETTER." 

Pittsburgh, Pa., June 12, 1923. 
Dear Cynosure: 

My last letter was sent from St. Jo- 
seph, Missouri. The third night I was 
there I talked about the sin of secret 
societies to the people and told them 
when men bind themselves together to 
take life it is a curse upon them. We 
read in Acts 23:12 that the Jews banded 
themselves together and when it was day 
certain of the Jews bound themselves un- 
der a curse saying that they would neither 



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eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 
In verses 13 and 14 we read : "And they 
were more than forty which made this 
conspiracy. And they came to the chief 
priests and elders and said, 'We have 
bound ourselves under a great curse, that 
we will eat nothing until we have slain 
Paul.' ' The 15th verse shows how the 
Devil in those men planned to get a hold 
of Paul. "Now, therefore, ye with the 
council signify to the chief captain that 
he bring him down unto you tomorrow, 
as though ye would inquire something 
more perfectly concerning him: and we, 
or ever he come near, are ready to kill 
him." 

I said, "Don't you see, men — you who 
are in these oath-bound orders — that 
you are bound under a curse ? Are these 
secret orders fit for Christian men to af- 
filiate with?" One man became so mad 
while I was talking that he got up, put 
his hat on his head, while still in the as- 
sembly, and walked out, stamping as he 
went. I said, poor thing, he is like the 
turtles in Mr. Loftan's character sketches. 
You know, turtles sit on a log with their 
heads up but as soon as a shower of rain 
begins to fall they all jump into the water 
with tails up. That is the way some peo- 
ple do. They sit with heads up listening 
to the Word of God, but as soon as they 
hear something in the Word that does not 
please them, they are up and gone. It is 
slander for men to take the cursed oaths 
of secretism. "I have heard the slander 
of many, fear was on every side, while 
they took counsel together against me, 
they devise to take away my life" (Psalm 
31:13). I told them all oath-bound se- 
cret orders — the Masons, the Odd Fel- 
lows, the Knights of Pythias, the Knights 
of Columbus, Jugamoes, Woodmen, 
Snakes, Royal Circle and many others 
too numerous to mention — are under a 
curse, banded together to injure and de- 
fame whomever opposes their orders and 
does not please them. 

Some of the people said, "We are so 
glad we came out of the lodge when you 
were here last time. It takes someone 
who is not afraid of dying to tell us the 
sin in the lodges." I said, well, I don't 
want to die, but if I were to think about 
being killed every time I speak against 
the lodge, I would not get courage to ex- 



pose them. But I don't think once of dy- 
ing, for the Lord protects and cares for 
me. Friends, both white and colored, 
came and gave me their hands and said, 
"You are right, and God bless you." 

Now the Lord bless and prosper the 
work against the secret Empire of the 
Devil is my prayer. 

Mrs. L. W. Roberson. 



SOUTHERN AGENT'S MONTHLY 
REPORT. 

REV. F. J. DAVIDSON. 

The past month has been very trying 
and strenuous. I attended a Ministers' 
Meeting where the lodge question was 
discussed and declared by several present 
to be a menace to good society, a hin- 
drance to the church and a corrupter of 
civil government. Others contended that 
secret societies are good and an indis- 
pensable necessity. No definite action was 
taken against the Secret Empire. I was 
privileged, however, to give a Scriptural 
condemnation of all secret lodges. 

I attended services of a church where 
the Masons laid a cornerstone with corn 
oil and wine. The Worshipful Master 
declared Masonry to be a good institution, 
but he told his hearers that Masonry can- 
not substitute the church, and that the 
Church is the only divine institution or- 
dained of God to preach salvation to sin- 
ners and save them from hell. Since my 
last report I have preached and lectured 
at Plymouth Rock, Mount Triumph,. 
Amazion and True Vine Baptist churches, 
all of New Orleans. I am now holding a 
series of meetings in the Mount Zion Bap- 
tist Church in Morgan City, Louisiana, 
where Rev. A. A. Carter is pastor. 

The Grand Lodge of Tabernacles is 
holding their session this week in Patter- 
son, Louisiana, six miles above Morgan 
City, on the beautiful Bayou Teche, and 
many of the church members of Morgan 
City are in attendance. 

Dr. A. A. Carter, the amiable and un- 
tiring young pastor of Mount Zion Bap- 
tist Church, where I am conducting an 
Institute, this week is raising a high 
standard for the people, if they will rally 
to his support. Right will ultimately tri- 
umph throughout the land by and by, 
though it seems slow in coming to pass. 



MODERN PROPHETS of BAAL 

OR 

WATCHMEN on ZION'S WALLS 

By President C. A. Blanchard. 

This is a tract especially intended for ministers. The term Baalism in referring to 
Masonry is used figuratively. " If we say Lord to any one who is not Ood, then we 
are worshipers of Baal and if we, who are religious teachers, call any one Lord 
except the true God, then we are prophets of Baal." This tract, in addition to setting 
forth the real relation of Masonic ministers to a heathen system, also gives the reasons 
why Christian preachers become prophets of Baal. 

In the appendix there is a chapter on Masonic Theology, taken from Mackey's "Masonic 
Ritualist", the author being the well known Past General Grand High Priest of the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States. There is also A Word to Bible Students, by Dean 
J. M. Gray, D. D., of the Moody Bible Institute, and there is a page of Bible quotations 
which are important in this connection. 

Thirty-two pages; Single copies three cents, per hundred, $2.00 postpaid. 



Address 



NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, 

850 West Madison Street, Chicago Ills. 



There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

—Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesua answered 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 



The objection to secret societies on the 
ground of II Corinthians 6, 14, is strong 
for marriage, business partnerships, and 
merely secular organizations ; but when 
we come to orders having a religious pro- 
fession the objection is doubly strong. It 
is clear, from the burial services of Ma- 
sons, Oddfellows, Modern Woodmen and 
other lodges, that members of the orders, 
go to heaven, without reference to re- 
pentance, confession, restitution, or faith 
in Jesus Christ. 

If the Bible is true, this is a dangerous 
and fatal error. 

Dr. J. M. Gray, 
Dean, Moody Bible Institute. 



HOW TO SOW THE SEED. 

How to reach the people most effectu- 
ally with anti-secret literature is a prac- 
tical question of first importance. For- 
tunately, it has several practicable an- 
swers, Subscribe to the Cynosure, send- 
ing it to some one who is not already fa- 
miliar with it. Mail tracts and pamphlets 
to people who need them. Give expos- 
ures and other books on the subject to 
the Sabbath schools, Y. M. C. A. and 
town libraries. Send the Cynosure to 
all such reading rooms. Lend your anti- 
secret books to friends. Obtain cat- 
alogues of educational institutions, such 
as normal schools, theological seminaries, 
academies and colleges, and remail your 
Cynosure each month to some pupil. En- 
closing a few tracts with the magazine 
would be helpful. Send ''Finney on Ma- 
sonry" to the best women in each church 
in your own town and adjacent towns. 
These are only a few suggestions of the 
many ways in which people can be 
reached with the National Christian As- 
sociation's literature. 



FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. 

(Rev. 2:10.) 
"During the Boxer troubles in 1900, 
those terrible days when over six hundred 
missionaries and sixteen thousand Chinese 
Christians laid down their lives for the 
sake of the Kingdom of God, one of the 
large mission schools was attacked by 
Boxers. The leader announced that he 
had orders to kill all Christians, and all 
the girls in that school who professed to 
be Christians must be surrendered to him 
for that purpose. Knowing full well 
what this meant twenty- four girls con- 
fessed that they were Christians and were 
dragged by the soldiers into the court- 
yard. Here they were given one more 
chance. The leader of the band told them 
that if they would denounce the Chris- 
tian religion and burn a paper prayer to 
the idols their lives would be spared. 

"Be it remembered that these girls had 
not been raised in Christian homes, nor 
had they the advantage of a Christian 
civilization. They were but a few months 
out of heathendom, but new-born babes ; 
but to their lasting honor and to the glory 
of God not one of them faltered. 'No,' 
they replied, 'we will not renounce Christ 
who has saved us, and turn to the idols 
who never have done anything for us. 
You can only kill our bodies, but you can- 
not destroy our souls.' And then and 
there they gave their bodies to be hacked 
to pieces rather than deny him whose 
they were. They died, but their blood 
became the seed of untold multitudes who 
today in that province are servants of the 
True Living God." 

May the same Spirit be among those 
who stand out boldly for the truth in re- 
lation to the warfare we are fighting 
against the lodge. 



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THE ATTITUDE OF THE CHURCH 
TOWARD THE LODGE? 

If the Church would maintain Her pur- 
ity m doctrine and practice; if she would 
maintain her power and superiority over 
the world; if she would accomplish the 
divine purpose of her Creator, she must 
take the attitude of absolute separation 
from secrecy. To establish this position 
we need only to call to the stand the many 
witnesses of the Word of God concern- 
ing the characteristics of Christ, His fol- 
lowers and the Church. 

1. Christians are under obligation to 
Christ alone and should obligate them- 
selves to no other. "No man can serve 
two masters; for either he will hate the 
one and love the other; or else he will 
hold to the one and despise the other" 
(Matt. 6:24). Lodge oaths and obliga- 
tions do not bind men to Christ, but to 
men and worldly organizations. 

2. Christians are under obligations to 
Christ to avoid fellowship with sinners in 
matters social. (Jas. 4:4; I Pet. 4:3-5. 
II Cor. 6:14-18.) Very true, Jesus ate 
with publicans and sinners, but He never 
became a partaker with them in sin. To 
become a lodge member one becomes a 
partaker of other men's sins. The Word 
of God is clear on the point of partaking 
of other men's sins. Eph. 5 :7, 8. 

3. Christians dare not subject them- 
selves to the instructions of non-Chris- 
tians in moral questions. No one will 
deny the fact that the Lodge does assume 
the position of teacher on moral ques- 
tions. This is one of the pre-eminent 
claims of the Lodge. Christ said : "One 
is your teacher, even Christ" (Matt 
23:8). 

4. Christians are under obligations to 
recognize the way of life advised by 
Christ and no other. Jesus said, "I am 
the way, the truth and the life; no man 
cometh unto the Father but by me" (Jno. 
14:6). Again Jesus said, "Except a man 
be born again, he cannot see the kingdom 
of God" (Jno. 3:3). Two things are 
plainly taught here : ( 1 ) that Christ is the 
way of life; (2) that regeneration, the 
new birth, is the method. Secrecy volun- 
tarily rejects these two principles and 
substitutes works., Grosh, an Odd Fel- 
low authority, says, "What regeneration 
by the Word of truth is in religion, initia- 
tion is in Odd Fellowship." Donaldson 



says, "He who practices this charity (Odd 
Fellowship) and teaches it to others shall 
be crowned with honor and shall come 
down to the grave in peace and the full 
assurance of a blessed future." The 
Lodge rejects the way of Christ and pre- 
pares one of its own. 

5. It is anti-Christian for any man to 
support any institution which is a men- 
ance to the state, the home, and the soul. 
Secrecy violates the Constitution of the 
United States. The eighth Article of 
Amendments forbids the inflictions of 
"cruel and unusual punishment." But the 
Lodge threatens, and has inflicted, such 
punishments. The sixth Article requires, 
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused 
shall enjoy the right of a speedy and 
public trial, by an impartial jury of the 
state . . ." How can a jury of Free 
Masons constitute an impartial jury for a 
brother Mason ? The Lodge is a menace 
to the home in that it separates man and 
wife because it binds either one to secrets 
which they are not permitted to reveal to 
the other. It is a menace to the soul be- 
cause it rejects Christ. On these three 
points the Word of God declares : That 
men be subject to the higher powers, and 
that they render unto Caesar the things 
which are Caesar's (Rom. 13: If. Matt. 
22:21) ; that men love their wives (Col. 
3:19); that men who have Christ have 
life eternal (Jno. 1 :12). 

6. Christians are forbidden to take 
oaths. Lodges, especially Free Masonry, 
require men to take oaths. In this se- 
crecy violates the principles of Jesus. 
"Swear not at all . . ." (Matt. 5 :34) is 
the command of Christ. No man can take 
and keep the Masonic oath and be a Chris- 
tian. 

7. Men of God are forbidden to obli- 
gate themselves to things secret of which 
they are still ignorant, whether those 
things be good or evil. Very few lodges, 
if any, reveal their secrets to the initiate 
until after he has obligated himself to 
keep secret anything which may be given 
to him or may take place during the ini- 
tiation. But the word of God says, "Or 
if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips 
to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it 
shall be that a man shall pronounce with 
an oath, and it be hid from him ; when he 
knoweth it, than he shall be guilty in one 
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be guilty in one of these things, that he 
shall confess that he hath sinned in that 
thing" (Lev. 5:4-5). It is always anti- 
Christian for one man to enslave his con- 
science to that of another. 

8. It is anti-Christian to support or pro- 
mote the practice of respect of persons. 
Lodgery is but a refined form of caste 
system; and this thing is condemned by 
the Word of God. Acts 10:34, Jas. 1 :1- 
10. The lodge is a respector of persons 
in matters of charity. In fact the "char- 
ity" of the lodge is not charity. Lodge 
men pay dues with the expectation of re- 
ceiving more. This, so far as charity is 
concerned, is anti-Christian. Luke 6 :34- 
35. The lodge fails in Christian charity 
in that it is not "In the name of the Lord 
Jesus" (Matt. 10:42). Lodge charity is 
but a method of insurance, insuring a 
select few while Christian charity does 
"good to all men" (Gal. 6:10; Rom. 
12:20). 

9. It is anti-Christian to promote or 
accept titles of honor. Modern secrecy 
is filled with high-sounding, flattering, 
congratulatory, parasitical and greatly in- 
flated titles : "Worshipful Master," Noble 
Grand," "Past Grand Patriarch," "Chan- 
cellor Commander" and numerous others 
are a violation of the principles of Jesus. 
(See Matt. 23:8-10.) 

10. Christians are subject to the Bible 
as their written guide in life. Lodges, 
Masonry more particularly, take as their 
Bible any which may happen to be the 
sacred book of the people or nation to 
which it may happen to come. The Bible 
for Masonry is nothing more than a piece 
of "furniture." For the Christian the 
Word of God is our guide. "Wherewithal 
shall a young man cleanse his ways ? By 
taking heed thereto according to thy 
Word" (Psa. 119:9). "Thy Word have 
I hid in my heart that I might not sin 
against thee" (Psa. 119:11). 

11. Christians are directed to pray 
through Christ and in His name. "And 
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that 
will I do" (Jno. 14:13). Lodge prayers 
are not in the name of Christ. All au- 
thorities on modern secrecy know that 
the name of Christ is not only neglected 

• but purposely rejected. It is inconsistent 
with lodgery to offer any prayer in the 
name of Christ. , . 

12. Christians are under obligations 



to follow Christ in the matter of pub- 
licity of life and non-secrecy. Jesus said : 
"In secret have I said nothing" (Jno. 
18:20). The principle of secrecy is 
wrong. It is anti-scientific and anti- 
Christian. Any scentist who discovers 
anything of value to mankind is under 
obligation to give that to mankind. Any 
organization which has anything of value 
to mankind and refuses to give to man- 
kind is a menace to a country. Anything 
which will not stand the test of light and 
publicity is not a thing for a Christian. 
"Let your light so shine before men that 
they may see your good works, and glori- 
fy your Father in Heaven" (Matt. 5 :16) . 
The lodge has no one to accuse but her- 
self if men become suspicious of her. 
Men have a perfect right to be suspicious 
of any institution which runs on the prin- 
ciple of secrecy. What would our lodge 
friends say if our banking institutions, 
charitable institutions and churches were 
run on the same principle as is the lodge 
—behind closed doors, and refusing in- 
spection ? 

Men do not go in secret for nothing. 
Paul knew perfectly well that it was "A 
shame to speak of those things which 
are done of them in secret" (Eph. 5: 
11,12). 

These are but few of the many indict- 
ments which may be brought against mod- 
ern secret societies. One might proceed 
indefinitely with other charges, but this 
is not needful. An institution which is 
fundamentally wrong should be avoided 
by every Christian and should be opposed 
by the Christian Church. 

The notion that we might reform the 
lodge by urging men to continue the good 
they are doing and refuse the evil means 
nothing so far as the individuality of the 
lodge is concerned. An institution which 
is fundamentally wrong and incidentally 
right can not be reformed and hold its 
identity. An institution which is funda- 
mentally right and incidentally wrong 
may be reformed and hold its identity. 
The lodge comes under the former class. 
She is fundamentally wrong and to take 
away the wrong she* would not be a lodge. 
You might as well talk of reforming a 
saloon. After you have the bad out it 
would" no longer be a saloon. 

In conclusion it should be the duty of 
every minister of the gospel to investigate 



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the lodge question and inform his people. 
It should further be remembered that if 
the church would remain pure ; if she 
would hold her power with God and man ; 
if she would accomplish the purpose of 
her calling she must avoid modern works 
of darkness ; she must avoid any com- 
promise whatever with the lodge. 



FRATERNITIES AT COLLEGE. 



In our church colleges fraternities are 
expressly forbidden. And for good rea- 
sons. The college fraternity is an organ- 
ization that bands together certain groups 
of students, segregates them from the 
rest, and largely influences their college 
life. The leading spirits of the college 
fraternity are not always good examples 
to the rest. The whole business is akin 
to the lodgery of American life. 

When parents send their sons to college 
and deliver them up to the fraternity fam- 
ily they have interposed another force 
between themselves and their offspring. 
A force all the more effective because it is 
directed by the impetuous nature of its 
boyish exponents. The girls have not re- 
mained behind and are grouped in their 
sororities in much the same way. 

The American university has felt the 
difficulties arising from such organiza- 
tions within the great family which a col- 
lege should be, but has found itself unable 
to cope with the situation. Too often it 
has had to compromise with the forces of 
fraternalism. The voices raised against 
the practice have been easily cried down 
by the clamor of numbers. 

It is characteristic of American school 
life that the habits and practices of ma- 
turer students are for ever sweeping down 
to the lower schools. What used to be 
done at genuine universities of the old 
world was eagerly copied by the inexperi- 
enced freshman of the college, who real- 
ly had quite a number of years to go 
before he reached the level of a univer- 
sity student. And it did not rest there. 
From the college, the student customs 
originated by fairly mature men were 
picked up by the boys in knee-length 
trousers that are herded into our public 
high schools. Now a lad, hardly four- 
teen years old, swaggers through his 
freshman year in high school burdened 
by the traditions of past centuries that 



were established by men nearly as old as 
his father. 

The fraternities, extremely doubtful at 
their best, are with us come to their worst 
estate. In Wisconsin a law was passed 
to prohibit fraternities in high schools, 
but it was vetoed by the governor on the 
ground that such regulation was the prov- 
ince of the local school board. 

At Augustana College the difficulties 
encountered in the matter of discipline 
brought about determined agitation to put 
a stop to fraternities. Why they should 
ever have been tolerated in a church 
school is not apparent. 

But the evils of fraternities and sorori- 
ties are but a few of the evils that fur- 
nish American schools with serious prob- 
lems. Such problems will be bred with- 
out end as long as the schools keep up 
their unprecedented expansion. 

Public high schools, state universities, 
and some of the larger private universi- 
ties and colleges are suffering from over- 
expansion. They are growing to be huge, 
uncouth hulks. The very essence of edu- 
cational work, which is the intimate per- 
sonal contact between the wise and experi- 
enced master and his charge, is lost. The 
younger the student, the more intimately 
his teachers should enter into his affairs. 
Our city high schools now have enroll- 
ments that reach into thousands ; four 
and five thousand students in one school 
is no rare occurrence. The state universi- 
ties, most of whose students are under- 
graduates, are getting into the ten thou- 
sand class. 

To manage the teaching force of such 
institutions requires an elaborate system 
of rules and regulations for that purpose 
alone. Presidents and deans are largely 
no better than foremen of teaching me- 
chanics. Routine, deadly routine, gov- 
erned by statistical reports are the result. 
Numbers, nothing but numbers. With all 
the supposed progress in the science of 
teaching no real teacher can survive in 
such an atmosphere. Quite frequently 
the men hailed as great educators because 
they show an aptitude "to run" a big 
school of this sort are no educators at all 
but are business managers. 

How can a student, a young student, 
thrive under such rule? He cannot. He 
accumulates a certain number of credits 
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graduates. But whether he has an educa- 
tion is extremely doubtful; he never got 
close enough to his teachers to get what 
they had, if they had any to give, which 
isn't always to be taken for granted. It 
is quite possible that in four years a stu- 
dent of a college or high school may have 
as many as forty or fifty different teach- 
ers, most of whom never knew him well 
enough to recognize him when they met 
on the street. 

Public institutions, especially schools, 
are always going to be regulated to death 
and the regulations are often made by 
those least fitted for the work. When on 
top of that the institution grows to the 
size of the modern state school the last 
flickering spark of life departs ; it has 
become a factory for mass production. 
In the factory the machines are almost 
human, in the big school the humans are 
almost machines. 

Having sacrificed life to the delusion 
of numbers the school authorities need 
not be astonished to find their young 
charges turning to other associations for 
the human touch of fellowship; and if 
they can not learn great and good things 
from contact with their teachers they may 
elect in their inexperience to learn doubt- 
ful and often downright evil things from 
their fraternity associates. — H. K. M., 
The Northwestern Lutheran. 



ADVANTAGES OF A COLLEGE FREE 
FROM SECRET FRATERNITIES. 

PRESIDENT C. A. BLANCHARD, 

WHEATON COLLEGE. 

I. 

Secret fraternities in colleges are anti- 
Christian. Secret fraternities in time 
of peace and in a free land are always 
anti-Christian in colleges or out of col- 
leges. It is especially an evil to have 
young men and women subjected to their 
baneful influence. Christ said, "In secret 
have I said nothing." He meant what He 
said. No person can be an adherent of a 
secret society and follow the example of 
Jesus Christ. 

II. 

A secret society injures young people 
as to their work. They come to depend 
upon other people to help them through. 
This is especially true if they have teach- 
ers who belong to the fraternities. I 
have never known a college where fra- 
ternities were tolerated where there were 



not some teachers who taught the young- 
er fraternity people to lie, in order to 
defend and protect the orders. I do not 
say that this is always true in fraternity 
colleges. I say it is true as far as I have 
knowledge. It is evident that it would 
naturally be true, for the fraternities are 
intended to secure special advantages for 
their members and all the time they deny 
this. I talked recently with a young man 
who belongs to a fraternity at the North- 
western University. He told me that he 
did not believe that Leighton Mount was 
dead, that he believed he was alive now. 
The verdict of the coroner's jury means 
nothing to him compared with his obliga- 
tion to his fraternity. 

III. 

It hurts young men and women to be- 
long to fraternities as to scholarship. They 
learn to depend upon one another and 
depend upon their fraternity teacher to 
help them through with their work. A 
young man was talking with one of our 
Wheaton men and told him that the presi- 
dent of his class at his college could never 
have graduated if it had not been for his 
fraternity. He explained that when this 
president went down to Chicago and got 
drunk his fraternity brothers always saw 
him before he got back to town and when 
they did they would hire a taxi, hurry 
him to his fraternity house and keep him 
there until he was sober. In this way he 
got through his senior year. 
IV. 

Secret societies kill a great many young 
people, two of whom we know have been 
killed within the last two years in this 
neighborhood. How many have been 
killed about whom w r e do not know we 
cannot tell. The newspapers tell of a 
certain university where fraternities were 
popular where they have found a pit in 
which a number of human bodies have 
been buried. Nobody knows how that 
came about. They only know that some 
people have been killed and that their 
bodies were buried in a pit on the campus. 
Fathers and mothers who care to have 
their children follow the example of 
Jesus, who want them to attend to their 
work as students, maintain good moral 
characters as men and women, and be able 
to get home alive, shoul'd never send a 
child to a college where there are secret 
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students where they would like to have 
fraternities and would have them if it 
were not for the popular indignation 
which has been aroused by these crimes. 
A college like Wheaton, where secret 
societies have never been permitted, is 
the sort of a college that Christian people 
ought to use for their children. 



ANTI-FRATERNITY WAR REVIVED 
IN EAST ORANGE. 

Revival of the anti- fraternity war 
which threatened to disrupt the East Or- 
ange High School last year, and which 
resulted in the exaction of a pledge from 
students that they would not join any fra- 
ternity, is imminent. Officials have 
learned that pledges have been violated, 
and one student who admitted member- 
ship in a fraternity has been suspended. 

The situation became public when the 
father of Dudley Nuschett, the suspended 
boy, a junior, made a plea to the Board 
of Education for his son's reinstatement. 
It then was revealed that school officials 
have learned of the defiance to the ban 
by the student body and have begun an in- 
quiry to root out other pledge-breakers. 

At the public meeting of the Board of 
Education some disturbance was caused 
by the effort of Daniel Marlin, an officer 
of Alpha Gamma Phi, young Nuschett's 
society, to speak on the subject. 

Revelation of the continued existence 
of the secret bodies in the school was due 
to the warm weather. Thoughtless stu- 
dents, throwing aside their jackets, were 
discovered by instructors to wear the jew- 
eled insignia of various orders. — New 
York Tribune. 



According to a Vienna dispatch, the 
founder and boss of the Roman Catholic 
Partito Popolare in Italy, who is a priest 
of Rome named Sturzo, has been in the 
Austrian capital to merge his Italian po- 
litical party with the Austrian Roman 
Catholic party, known as the Christian 
Socialists, and the Roman Catholic Cen- 
trist party in Germany into an interna- 
tional organization. 



CLIPPINGS. 

From The Ministers' Monthly. 
"At a recent Masonic initiation' the en- 
tire team giving the degree was composed 
of Presbyterian ministers, nine in num- 
ber. The leading figure was Dr. John C. 
Palmer, of Washington Heights Church, 
who occupies the high position of grand 
chaplain of the grand lodge." 



No wonder that the denial of funda- 
mental Christian truth by Rev. Dr. H. A. 
Fosdick had forty per cent of the late 
Presbyterian General Assembly with him. 
Masonry or Modern Baalism is on the 
increase among the Presbyterians. — W.J. 
P. 



"The Congregational Church of 
America have met severe reverses in the 
Near East and their loss has been so 
heavy that some of their leaders advise 
them to withdraw from this field. They 
have lost 30 missionaries in Turkey alone 
and 90 per cent of the churches are closed. 
The property loss has been $2,880,000." 

Not in Turkey alone has the Congre- 
gational Church of America met severe 
reverses. It is the natural result of Mod- 
ernism now ruling that body. How can 
the Lord Jesus Christ bless and prosper 
infidelity?— W. I. P. 



The Moravian Church has now more 
than twice as many members on foreign 
fields than at the home base. In four 
home provinces there are 46,782 souls ; 
on mission fields, 105,711. There are 290 
missionaries and 2,278 native workers in 
the Moravian missions. In America this 
Church has 17,314 members. 



"Why is it that a red-headed woman 
always marries a very meek man?" 
"She doesn't. He just gets that way." 



RESURRECTION. 

Among the Pyramids of Egypt, Lord 
Lindsay, the English traveler, came across 
a mummy, the inscription upon which 
proved to be two thousand years old. In 
examining the mummy after it was un- 
wrapped, he found in one of its enclosed 
hands a small root. He took the little 
bulb from that closed hand and planted it 
in a sunny soil* allowed the dew and rains 
of heaven to descend upon it, and in a 
few weeks, to his astonishment, the root 
burst forth and bloomed into a beautiful 
flower. 



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DO LODGES 



DEIFY MAN, BIRDS, BEASTS AND 
CREEPING THINGS? 



By William I 

"Professing themselves to be wise, they be- 
came fools and changed the glory of the in- 
corruptible God for the likeness of an image 
of corruptible man, and of birds, and four- 
footed beasts, and creeping things" (Rom. 
1:22-23). 

A request of a correspondent for a list 
of secret orders illustrating Romans 1 :23 
raised an interesting question. The list 
given with one or two changes was as 
follows: "Man": Redmen ; Shriners ; 
Pythian Daughters of the Mosque; East- 
ern Stars, and Ceres and Flora of the 
Grange. "Birds" : Owls ; Eagles ; 
Orioles; Blue Goose. "Beasts": Elks; 
Moose; Beavers; Lions; Bears; Yel- 
low Dogo ; Camels ; Pink Goats ; 
Hounds; White Rats. "Creeping 
Things": Fleas; The Great Snaix (ser- 
pent). 

The heathen world in the Apostle 
Paul's time did not really worship beasts, 
birds and creeping things, but demons 
(1 Cor. 10:20). 

"But I say that the things which the Gentiles 
sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to 
God ; and I would not that ye should have 
communion with demons." 

I do not believe that lodge members of 
today worship "Elks," "Owls," "The 
Great Snaix," etc., but Demons. The 
statement that the worship of secret so- 
cieties is offered to Satan sounds harsh, 
but it is true. 

The teaching of Romans 1 :23, it seems 
to me, is that man upon becoming an 
idolator, changes or loses his own glory 
and also gives the glory of God to an 
idol. The God of the Lodge is an in- 
vention or conception of men's minds, 
and they ascribe to this Lodge God such 
a character that the lodge members need 
no sacrificial Saviour, nor is there any 
necessity of repentance or confession of 
sins. "Thus they change their glory" 
* * * "they forget God, their Saviour" 
(Ps. 106:20). 

In a sense the Lodge takes upon itself 
as a natural consequence of its doctrines, 
the worship of Man — it says, the Father- 
hood of God and Brotherhood of man is 
our fundamental doctrine. God is Divine ; 
all men are Divine; and Man must work 
out his own Salvation. And while the 



rving Phillips. 
Lodge may not have deified "Birds, 
Beasts and Creeping Things," their adop- 
tion of these titles symbolize the fact 
that they have "changed the glory of the 
incorruptible God" (Rom. 1 :23). 

The idolatry of the "Mystic Shrine" 
in which there is the worship of Allah; 
the idolatry found in the teachings of the 
ritual of the Knights of Pythias, and in 
that of the Red Men, and in the Grange, 
where women personify Ceres and Flora, 
impure mythical goddesses, will show 
you, if you study the rituals that these 
named and others properly belong in the 
list "Man" of Romans 1 :23. 

You may think that I give the power 
and influence of Satan too much credit 
but I have seen such manifestations in 
society and even in the Church of his 
power and influence that I should be led 
to fear him even if I did not have the 
warnings of the Bible. I believe that 
Satan hates the bodies of men and takes 
pleasure in that which is degrading, and 
if he can persuade men'to take pride in 
being "Yellow Dogs," sooner or later 
they can be led to act like yellow dogs. 

Think of a son of God, a child of the 
King, calling himself a "Flea" or a "Great 
Snaix" ! Our God saves and exalts man 
— body and soul ; Satan would destroy 
both. 

In the Secret Societes of Africa, man, 
beast and reptile are deified, but I do not 
believe that the same thing is true in the 
lodges of our country. The spiritual head 
of all secret societies, however, whether 
in America or Africa, is the same. 

A word upon the lack of thought and 
the blindness of the mass of lodge men 
has a place in the consideration of this 
subject. 

Most secretists give but little thought 
to the religious teachings of their lodge ; 
neither are they conscious of the effect 
upon themselves of such teachings. 

Many illustrations could be given. I 
asked a young man if he # was a Chris- 
tian. "Yes, I am a Christian, and a 
Lutheran, and a Mason." 

"Do you go to church now as much as 
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children go to church and Sunday school 
but I must confess that. I do not go as I 
formerly did." He appeared wholly un- 
conscious of the reason for his changed 
habits. When the causes were explained 
he seemed convinced, and said: "I had 
never given the religious teachings of the 
lodge a thought. I joined the lodge be- 
cause it helped me to get ahead." 

I said to a Chicago merchant one day : 
"Where do you go to church?" 

He replied : "I do not go anywhere ; 
neither does my wife or children go to 
church or Sunday school. I used to go 
to both church and Sunday school regu- 
larly but times have changed, and so has 
religion." 

When I suggested that his lodge mem- 
bership had caused his changed attitude, 
he said : "I never have thought that that 
could be true ; in fact, have never given 
the matter much of any thought." 

"Yes,'' he said, "I am a member of 
three so-called minor orders. Yes, we 
have chaplains ; yes, we have the finest 
kind of social times ; yes, we look after 
the sick ; yes, we have a burial service." 

You have got religion enough, I told 
him, but you have not got a saving re- 
ligion. Then I showed him that the 
Christian religion had not changed, as he 
had supposed, but that he had changed 
religions and that the God he had been 
worshiping in the Lodge was not the 
God of the Bible; that today, as former- 
ly, "there is none other name * * * 
whereby we must be saved" (Acts. 4:12). 

He said: "I never thought of that, but 
took it for granted that religion had 
changed. He seemed sincere and honest 
and one who, unwarned by his pastor, 
had drifted into the modern worship of 
Baal. 

"Because that knowing God they glorified 
Him not as God, neither gave thanks but be- 
came vain in their reasonings, and their sense- 
less heart was darkened" (Rom. 1:21). 
- — Wheaton, 111. 



THE GU GU. 

The Encampment of the Department 
of the "United Spanish War Veterans" 
was held in June, 1923, in Denver, Colo- 
rado, and was, as usual, a ''live affair" 
according to the National Tribune of June 
21, 1923, from which we quote: 

"Thursday night at 7:15 o'clock we all 



packed into a theater on Curtis Street, 
Denver's 'Great White Way.' Everybody 
in the house knew that the U. S. W. V. 
were present 'with bells on.' 

"After the show was out on Curtis 
Street, weird sounds were heard ; sounds 
like those coming from the inners of the 
python or boa constrictor, but nothing 
at all like the sounds of the lizard ! Many 
men in '98 uniform were seen hurrying 
in the direction of Lawton Camp's Hall. 
At 9:15 the hall looked very much like 
a 'jungle.' A hundred or more 'Slick 
and Slimys' had gathered. A bunch of 
30 'Americano dogs,' all with blanched 
faces, were seen crouched in one corner 
of the jungle when the Gu Gu Grandissis- 
simo called the 'crawl' to order. There 
was a 'heavy sea rolling' in the jungles 
that night and the floor of Balangiga Lair, 
No. 1, was rough. One low-down Ameri- 
cano dog, while riding on the 'sacred 
bull cart,' fell off head first as the cart hit 
one of the 'high spots' and the wheel of 
said cart passed over his ugly head. He 
was not killed. Latest reports from the 
hospital are encouraging and say he will 
be out in two weeks. 

"Election of officers was next in order, 
and some far-seeing companions moved 
the reelection of all the present officers, 
which was carried — 'with the usual sign.' 

"Companion William West was reelect- 
ed Gu Gu Grandississimo, and Compan- 
ion Frank C. Dettlebach reappointed 
Thrice Infamous Inferior Gu Gu. They 
are slickest of the 'jungles' in these parts. 

"When things were quieted down a bit, 
a squirming, wriggling 'snake' from the 
jungles of Frisco who answers to the 
name of George A. Marshall made a talk 
on the 'Mystic Order of the Shrimps,' 
which will now soon be in vogue in the 
jungles of Colorado and Wyoming. 

"At about 12 o'clock some lusty-lunged 
'snake' let out a yell, 'Eats!' and the 
'crawl' busted up in the mad rush for 
snake food. The writer left 'em all still 
eating at 1 o'clock a. m. and can make no 
report, except from hearsay, on just what 
some of 'em did later on." 



"I thought you had given up burnt- 
wood art, dearie. " 

"Ferdinand, how can you be so heart- 
less ! This is a pie!" 



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107 



GOD'S CHALLENGE 
TO INTERCESSION! 



"It was in the midnight of 
the Dark Ages," says D. M. 
Panton, of Great Britain, "that 
the huge revival which we call 
the Reformation, breaking out 
in an Augustinian monastery, 
convulsed Europe, AND 
CHANGED THE HISTORY 
OF THE WORLD." 

"The conditions before the 
revival of Wesley and White- 
field have been thus described : 
'Death in the churches, rotten- 
ness in public morals, infidelity 
coming in like a flood.' 

"Blackstone, the commen- 
tator on the laws of England, 
under George III, says he went 
to EVERY CHURCH OF 
NOTE in London, AND 
FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO 
DISCOVER WHETHER THE 
CLERGYMAN WAS A FOL- 
LOWER OF CONFUCIUS, 
MOHAMMED OR CHRIST. 
[Do any worse conditions than 
these prevail today?] 

"So, before the last great 
general revival, that of 1860, 
the lands the revival visited 
were those lying under a pall 
of reckless waste, an unparal- 
leled fever for riches, deepen- 
ing doubt, and alarming un- 
godliness. 

"Historically, conditions of 
appalling darkness have not 
been AGAINST revival, but 
FOR it; for revival is God, by 
a highty uprush, saving the 
world from its downgrade to 
hell." 



God's resources are not ex- 
hausted. That worldliness has 
all but engulfed the professing 
church ; that an evolutionary 
philosophy has swept like a 
devastating flood through our 
colleges and universities ; that 
twenty millions or more chil- 
dren are said to be growing up 
in America with practically no 
religious instruction ; that a 
large part of the true church of' 
Christ has turned its back to 
the enemy in cowardly, despair- 
ing defeat ; — these things do not 
constitute a situation too hard 
for God ! Rather, they consti- 
tute the mightiest call to 
SIMULTANEOUS PRAYER 
ever sent forth to the members 
of the body of Christ. THEY 
ARE GOD'S CHALLENGE 
TO INTERCESSION! 

Let Gideon's hosts return 
home, but let God's handful re- 
main, AND THE VICTORY IS 
WON — not by human might 
nor by power, not by human 
means nor by calls to prayer, 
but solely "by my Spirit, saith 
the Lord of hosts;" that GOD, 
and GOD ALONE, may receive 
ALL the glory. [Isa. 42:8.] 

Pray against the world-wide 
apostasy of the professing 
church. (Eph. 6:12; 2 Thess. 
2 :7.) Pray for the world-wide 
revival of the true Church. 
(Eph. 3:14-21; Rev. 3:18-22.) 
Yes— 



PRAY FOR REVIVAL! 



Wheaton - * 



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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



August, 1923. 



MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served.— Editor.! 



Masonic Assaults on Free Speech. 

One of the marked illustrations of the 
intolerant and persecuting spirit of Free- 
masonry was exhibited at the twelfth an- 
nual meeting of the National Christian 
Association, held in Boston, March 25-27, 
1880. The National Christian Associa- 
tion was organized in 1868 to "oppose, 
withstand and remove secret societies, 
Freemasonry in particular, and other anti- 
Christian movements, in order to save the 
churches of Christ from being depraved, 
to redeem the administration of justice 
from perversion, and our republican gov- 
ernment from corruption." It has held 
annual conventions in different cities of 
the East and West. Its meetings in Chi- 
cago have always secured protection from 
the police, and it was supposed that in 
the metropolis of New England, where 
free speech, even in the advocacy of the 
worst of causes, had not only been tol- 
erated but insisted on, there would be at 
least equal respect for a perfectly legal 
gathering of dignified Christian citizens, 
called to consider the best interests of 
Christianity and good government. But 
in this they were mistaken. At a previous 
convention in the city of Worcester they 
had met no further opposition than ridi- 
cule and misrepresentation. In Boston 
it was otherwise. The first meeting was 
held in Music Hall, Boston, and is thus 
described by Mr. H. L. Kellogg, editor of 
the Christian Cynosure: 

"Music Hall is the finest room ever oc- 
cupied by our conventions. It is rectangu- 
lar in form, and two galleries extend 
around three sides. A large platform, 
capable of holding two hundred people, 
extends across the fourth, so far elevated 
as to present a fair view of what trans- 
pires upon it except to those seated in 
front. At the rear of the stage the great 



organ, for a long time the largest in the 
country, rises in majestic and beautiful 
proportions full sixty feet, and nearly to 
the ceiling. Busts and statues, elaborately 
carved in Europe, adorn it, and immedi- 
ately in front a life-size statue of Bee- 
thoven stands facing toward the hall. To 
the stranger there is a consciousness of 
the presence of greatness that is repress- 
ing. Before such achievements of genius 
and art, turbulence would seem to find 
no place. 

"The day had been gusty and cold, and 
in Western Massachusetts two or three 
inches of snow had fallen in the morning. 
The storm had reached Boston nearly ex- 
hausted, but severe enough to make a very 
unpleasant evening. This may partly ac- 
count for the small audience of some five 
hundred, who seemed a handful in the 
great room. But a more potent reason 
for the small number was the dread of a 
serious disturbance, reports of which had 
been faithfully and Masonically circulated 
on the streets. The people whom the con- 
vention wished to reach with its argu- 
ments for eye and ear are not anxious for 
the presence of a mob, and so avoided 
the place where there was every promise 
of a disturbance. Probably one-half the 
audience were Masons or their sympa- 
thizers, and they were not slow to let their 
presence be known at the earliest moment, 
and continuously to the close. 

"The president called to order soon 
after the time appointed, and at his re- 
quest Prof. Phelps invoked the Divine 
blessing. Mr. Ronayne had always made 
a few remarks by way of quieting the 
uneasy spirits sent in by the lodge, and 
inducing them to listen and act reasonably 
on the occasion. 

"After the opening exercise the pro- 
gramme of the evening was announced 



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to be the working and explanation of the 
Entered Apprentice degree, and Mr.,Ro- 
nayne proceeded in his usual manner to 
explain and prove from Masonic author- 
ity the character of the institution as a 
false, religious system, before proceeding 
to more particularly establish the proposi- 
tion from the ceremony itself. 

"From the first it was seen that an 
uproar was intended. He had hardly 
uttered the first sentence when "You lie" 
was yelled from the right hand gallery, 
and soon a hot-blooded young fellow on 
the floor at the left repeated the shout 
with a perfect Indian whoop, while a 
German Jew behind him begged in a 
squeaking voice for five minutes to reply. 
Just as Prof. Phelps arose to pray, a 
young fellow -directly in front of him 
sprang to his feet with a protest, appeal- 
ing to some one to know if such proceed- 
ings should not be forbidden. He was 
shamed into silence, and a sensible neigh- 
bor had to jerk him back into his seat, a 
proceeding that was repeated several 
times during the evening. 

"When Mr. Ronayne began a second 
time to speak it was with utmost difficulty 
that he could finish a few consecutive 
sentences. If a Mason attempted to 
speak, the police could pick him out and 
suppress him ; but clapping, stamping and 
ejaculations they made no effort to check 
unless an individual was singularly up- 
roarious. The president, Mr. McFall, 
and others endeavored to animate the 
officers of the law with more zeal for 
order, but vainly. The crowds in the gal- 
leries, made most disturbance throwing 
handfuls of peas and exploding torpe- 
does with a loud report upon the plat- 
form. When the audience had been dis- 
missed, the German before mentioned 
came upon the platform in a great rage, 
demanding an opportunity to speak. He 
began to harangue, but was ordered to 
desist, and refusing, was pushed off by a 
policeman. The first degree was con- 
cluded under such circumstances, Mr. 
Ronayne making his utmost effort to ex- 
plain the ceremony and lay bare its pagan 
character ; the mob would not allow a sin- 
gle argument to be completed peaceably. 
Every allusion to the religion of the lodge 
was received by its devotees with contin- 
ued applause, almost with cheers. The 



Masons left the hall reluctantly, and a 
score or so of hot-headed young fellows 
of their number waited outside at the 
main entrance on Winter street. A dozen 
of the delegates, who were stopping at 
the Crawford House, assisted Mr. Ro- 
nayne to put away his books and lodge 
fixtures, and passed out with him. They 
were greeted with shouts of derision, min- 
gled with oaths and threats of violence, 
and followed by the mob to the hotel. 
Two had salt thrown in their faces, two 
or three were hit with eggs, and one was 
struck by a brick which one of this well- 
dressed Boston mob was in the act of 
hurling at the heads of those before. Two 
or three of these young men, when ex- 
postulated with on their conduct, showed 
themselves not insensible to shame, but 
for the time they were filled with the very 
spirit of devils, and renewed immediately 
their cowardly attack." 

^The meeting on Thursday was held in 
Horticultural Hall. There was much dis- 
cussion on the propriety of a change in 
the programme. Mr. Edmond Ronayne, 
a former Past Master of Keystone Lodge, 
No. 639, of Chicago, Ills., was to illustrate 
the third degree in Music Hall as he had 
attempted to do with the first on the night 
previous, but was practically defeated. 

The following paper was prepared by 
a committee chosen by the Convention, 
and sets forth succinctly the real trans- 
actions : 

"The National Christian Association, 
which aims to enlighten the public in re- 
gard to the principles and character of 
Masonry and other secret fraternities, 
held its twelfth anniversary convention 
in the city of Boston on March 24, 25 and 
26. The day meetings were held in the 
Chambers Street Reformed Presbyterian 
church and in Horticultural Hall. Dele- 
gates were in attendance from many 
states, and even from Iowa, Michigan and 
Ohio ; and the calm and earnest discus- 
sions were participated in by able speak- 
ers, and warmly received by attentive 
audiences. Letters of cordial sympathy 
and approval were sent by Wendell Phil- 
lips, Charles Francis Adams, John G. 
Fee, Pres. H. H. George and others. The 
first meeting, devoted to prayer for the 
Divine blessing and the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit, realized the gracious prom- 



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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



August, 1923. 



ise, "Before they call, I will answer; and 
while they are yet speaking, I will hear." 
The exercises were full of reverent faith, 
hold boldness and zeal, intensified by the 
threats of violence which were communi- 
cated to the Association by the police au- 
thorities. And all the more because of 
the lawless opposition which was met, 
were these wrestlings in prayer for the 
Divine Presence in the Convention, and 
entire consecration to God to work for 
Christ and for the overthrow of every 
system of idolatry. 

The night meetings were held in Music 
Hall, and were conducted by Mr. Edmond 
Ronayne, Past Master of Keystone 
Lodge, Chicago, who worked the first and 
third degrees of Masonry, with explana- 
tions of their symbolism. But owing to 
the presence of a large number of 
Masons, who carried on an organized riot 
of noisy demonstrations, the exercises 
could only be seen, and the large audiences 
which assembled to hear were, especially 
the second night, wholly deprived of the 
privilege. The city authorities had re- 
quired the Association to hire the serv- 
ices of twenty-one policemen to keep 
order and the owner of the hall compelled 
the taking of an entrance fee to exclude 
the rabble; and yet there was utter dis- 
order, and an evidently pre-arranged de- 
termination to prevent the speakers from 
being heard. The clapping, stamping, 
whistling, cheering and loud cries of de- 
rision were kept up from the beginning, 
and not only to prevent the hearing of 
Mr. Ronayne, but (save Prof. C. A. 
Blanchard, who began with a short ad- 
dress) no one was allowed to be heard. 
Even a man of ninety-three years of age, 
the Hon. Samuel D. Green, who was a 
member of the same lodge in Batavia, N. 
Y., with Morgan, and from whose house 
the body of that murdered man was 
buried, when he attempted to speak was 
met with derisive laughter, insulting epi- 
thets and cheers which wholly drowned 
his voice. Threats were freely made on 
both evenings against different speakers 
and members of the convention ; even 
threats to take life were made against two 
of them, when they said they had "spot- 
ted, and would send after Morgan." One 
of those making these threats was heard 



by a number of persons, who will testify 
to the facts and identify the man. The 
first evening one delegate was hit by a 
brickbat and two others were pelted with 
eggs. The second evening, had not Mr. 
Ronayne passed out without being recog- 
nized he would have been attacked by a 
crowd of Freemasons, who waited about 
the doors till midnight for that purpose ; 
and the police informed the delegates that 
they must not venture to leave the build- 
ing without their escort. Surely a sys- 
tem that meets the arguments of a Chris- 
tian assembly with only such rebuttal 
stands self-condemned as guilty of all and 
greater wickedness than its present op- 
ponents have laid to its charge. 

"This manifestation of mobocracy in 
the refined center of New England was 
made by no 'fellows of the baser sort,' 
but was the work of men of standing in 
wealth and social position, and high in 
Masonic honor and influence, as was evi- 
dent from their appearance and the mani- 
fest deference shown to them by the 
police. The policemen, whom the society 
was forced to pay to keep order in their 
meeting, confined themselves to 'guarding 
property and life,' and put forth no effort 
to restrain the lawless noise of the rioters. 
Several police captains were present, yet 
no orders were given to suppress the dis- 
turbers of the meeting. Captain Adams, 
when pressed by one of the vice-presi- 
dents of the Association, admitted that 
the ends for which the hall was hired and 
the police employed were wholly defeat- 
ed ; yet he ordered no arrest, and permit- 
ted the outrage to continue to the end. 
The leaders of the mob were pointed out 
to the police, and the noise was repeatedly 
led by men right beside the officers, and 
yet these guardians of public liberty in 
Boston looked on in helpless impotence, 
or with sympathy and approval. A por- 
tion of the press of the city truly char- 
acterized the disturbance and shameful 
proceedings, but studiously misrepresent- 
ed the facts by a false statement about 
the motives and character of the Asso- 
ciation, and the spirit and character of 
the rioters. Thus, in this 'Cradle of 
American Liberty/ the right of free 
speech is again outrageously denied to 
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men whose conduct is an outrage and dis- 
grace to our civilization. 

"Henry T. Chf.ever, President. 

"W. O. TOBEY, 

"H. L. Kellogg, 
Secretaries." 



The letters referred to from Rev. J. 
D. Fee, Hon. Charles Francis Adams, son 
of ex-President John Ouincy Adams, and 
minister to England, also from Wendell 
Phillips, Esq., will appear in the Septem- 
ber issue of the Christian Cynosure. 



HOODED KLANSMEN ATTEND 
DOVER CHURCH SERVICES. 

Approximately 100 members of the Ku 
Klux Klan, attired in full regalia, last 
night attended services in Grace Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, in company with 
a like number of members representing 
lodges of the Knights of Malta, Knights 
of Pythias, Jr. O. U. A. M. and P. O. S. 
of A. Members of the Klan occupied the 
center of the church in pews reserved 
for them, while the other orders were 
seated in pews at the sides. 

Word that the Klan was attending the 
services attracted a large crowd, which 
thronged the doors of the already over- 
crowded edifice, and when the other 
Protestant churches were dismissed sev- 
eral of the pastors joined with members 
of their congregations in an effort to gain 
admittance. 

Rev. William H. Hudson, the pastor, 
welcomed the visitors and told the con- 
gregation he had the pleasure of intro- 
ducing a minister of the gospel, whose 
name he would not mention, who would 
deliver the message of the evening. The 
speaker, while declaring himself a mem- 
ber of the order, did not wear the uniform 
or hood of the Klan. 

The speaker outlined the principles of 
the Klan, which, he said, are founded on 
the cross and the American flag. While 
the workings of the order and its mem- 
bers are shroudded in secrecy, the speak- 
er said, all great problems are of necessity 
worked out in secret. Even the Great 
Teacher, when He was about to go on a 
great work, went aside and communed 
alone and in secret with His Father, the 
speaker added. 

At the request of the pastor the con- 
gregation remained while the hooded 



knights passed out of the church, and then 
while the men's chorus sang the members 
of the other orders filed out. The klan 
members left in automobiles before the 
congregation was dismissed. — Newark, 
(A T . J.) Evening News, July 2, 1923. 

Is it not sad that angels of the Devil 
should invade the sacred place of God's 
house? Sadder still that God's chosen 
representative should welcome them and 
allow them to speak from the sacred desk. 
May God hasten the day when the church 
shall wake up to her position in the sight 
of God and rid herself from idols. — (Edi- 
tor.) 



"WATCH!" 

''Watch thou in all things, endure af- 
flictions, do the work of an evangelist, 
make full proof of thy ministry," "for 
the time will come when they will not 
endure sound doctrine ; but after their 
own lusts shall they heap to themselves 
teachers, having itching ears ; and they 
shall turn away their ears from the truth, 
and shall be turned unto fables" (II Tim. 
4,5,3,4). 

"Watch ye therefore : for ye know not 
when the Master of the house cometh, 
at even, or at midnight, or at the cock- 
crowing, or in the morning: lest coming 
suddenly He find you sleeping. And what 
I say unto vou I say unto all, WATCH" 
(Mark 13.35-37). 

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into 
temptation" (Matt. 26. 41). 



HARDING THE "JINER." 

President Harding has bound himself 
by an oath never to mistreat a dog or a 
horse. The obligation to be kind to both 
of these animals was part of an oath taken 
by the President at Skagway, Alaska, 
when he became a member of the Arctic 
Brotherhood. He confided the oath, in 
part, to Mrs. Harding, who, in turn, in- 
formed members of the presidential party. 

The chief executive told the people of 
Skagway that he was becoming somewhat 
philosophical as he traveled. 

"We may wonder," he said, "what is 
the greatest end of life. Men make their 
plans and try to adhere to them. The 
more I see of communities of human be- 
ings, the more firmly is my belief estab- 
lished that the sweetest thing in the world 
is a few dependable friends." 



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August, 1923. 



MER ROUGE MURDERS UNPUN- 
ISHED 

Five citizens of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, 
were abducted last August while they 
were returning home from a picnic cele- 
bration, placed in a truck by a band of 
hooded men, and carried away. Later 
three of them were released ; the other 
two, Watt Daniel and T. F. Richards, 
disappeared. In September, Department 
of Justice agents concluded after an in- 
vestigation that Daniel and Richards had 
been murdered and their bodies cast into 
one of the many lakes in the neighbor- 
hood of Mer Rouge. Later in the year 
Governor Parker, of Louisiana, ordered 
a company of infantry to that section to 
drag the lakes for the bodies. In Decem- 
ber a large charge of dynamite was ex- 
ploded in one of the lakes by persons 
unknown, and a few hours afterward the 
bodies of two men, bound with telephone 
wires and bady mutilated, were found 
floating on the surface of the lake. The 
bodies were identified as those of Daniel 
and Richards. 

This is the colorless and impartial news 
story sent from Bastrop, the county-seat 
(or parish-seat, as it is in Louisiana) of 
Morehouse Parish. A grand jury had 
failed to take any action on the disappear- 
ance of Daniel and Richards. Governor 
Parker therefore called an open hearing, 
which revealed abductions, deportations, 
whippings, threatening notes, and details 
of the circumstances leading to the dis- 
appearance of Daniel and Richards. In 
the testimony the names of many mem- 
bers of the Morehouse Ku Klux Klan 
were associated with the disappearance 
of these two men. On March 15 another 
parish grand jury, we read in the New 
Orleans States, "refused to return in- 
dictments in the alleged hooded mob out- 
rages in this Parish." "A majority of 
that Grand Jury, if Bastrop advices may 
be credited, are members of the Ku Klux 
Klan," we read in the New Orleans 
Times-Picayune. "After hearing 125 
witnesses, this Grand Jury reports that 
Morehouse Parish needs a new jail and 
the court-house roof needs repairs !" As 
we are told in another New Orleans paper, 
The Item: 

"The jury's report indicates that there 
was no question as to the commission of 



the crimes charged, but that it had insuf- 
ficient evidence to proceed against indi- 
viduals. 

"After the father of Daniel had iden- 
tified the body of his son, and others had 
identified that of Richards, the State 
painstakingly set about to build up a case 
against the Klan. It definitely estab- 
lished the fact of a year's reign of terror 
in the parish; it brought out testimony 
pointing to certain Klansmen as members 
of the mob which kidnaped the two men, 
and established the fact that Daniel, at 
least, had incurred the enmity of a 
hooded mob, but it failed to produce a 
witness who could tell of the terrible 
events on the shores of the lake which 
brought death to the two. murdered men, 
or who could give definite evidence con- 
necting any one with the murders." 

A Bastrop correspondent of the New 
York Tribune was informed that eight 
members of the Grand Jury belonged to 
Ku Klux Klan. The refusal of the jury 
to indict, therefore, does not surprize 
such papers as the Boston Herald, New 
York Evening Post, Peoria Transcript, 
Brooklyn Eagle, Baltimore Sun and 
Memphis Commercial Appeal. "Grand 
Juries are seldom convened in lynching 
cases in the South, and when they are 
convened they do not indict," observes 
the Boston paper, which thinks "hardly 
more can be expected in such Ku Klux 
Klan cases." Yet, in the Mer Rouge 
case, the New York World asserts : 

"There was overwhelming evidence 
that the Klan had at a time previous to 
the murder kidnaped one of the victims 
in broad daylight, later allowing him to 
return to his home. There was plenty of 
evidence that a hooded group was guard- 
ing a road near Lake La Fourche on the 
night of the murders. There was undis- 
puted testimony to the effect that the 
leader of the Klan ordered the Bastrop 
telephone operator to make no connec- 
tions with Mer Rouge on the night of the 
murders. There was a flood of evidence 
concerning Klan deportations, threats, 
illegal entries, and seizure of governmen- 
tal authority in the vicinity." 

"The murders of Daniel and Richards 
were virtually ignored in the Grand Jury 
report ; they were referred to merely as 
'kidnapings,' " reports a Bastrop corre- 



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spondent of the New York Times. This 
action, writes a New Orleans Times- 
Picayune reporter from the parish seat, 
"is generally accepted in anti-Klan circles 
as proof of Governor Parker's charge 
that the Ku Klux Klan in some sections 
of the State is dominating the machinery 
of the Courts to such an extent that jus- 
tice is thwarted when Klansmen or Klan 
interests are involved." To the New 
York Evening World, "refusal of the 
Grand Jury to find indictments against 
individuals concerned in the Mer Rouge 
outrages is in itself a most serious indict- 
ment of the Klan." "This is worse than 
the situation at Herrin, Illinois," main- 
tains the Chicago Tribune. "There at 
least indictment and trial followed the 
murder of the miners." "The Grand 
Jury," concludes the Baltimore Sun, 
"seems to prefer to indict the Parish 
rather than the murderers." 

"But the Klan is still on trial, even if 
the Grand Jury reported nothing," avers 
the Peoria Transcript. To Tolerance, an 
anti-Klan weekly published in Chicago, 
"the failure to return an indictment is 
more alarming for the safety of our coun- 
try than were the murders committed at 
Mer Rouge," while the Norfolk Virgin- 
ian-Pilot agrees that "the action of the 
Grand Jury is fully as deplorable as the 
murders themselves." "What happened 
in Mer Rouge can happen in any com- 
munity dominated by minions of the 'In- 
visible Empire,' " believes Branns Icono- 
clast (Chicago), which looks upon the 
Klan as "a menace to the liberty, the 
rights, and even the life of every citizen 
who, like Daniel and Richards, dares to 
defy its monstrous decrees." 

The next move of the State of Louis- 
iana against members of the Morehouse 
Parish mob, according to New Orleans 
dispatches, will be to arrange a change 
of venue to another Parish and impanel 
a new grand jury. "The good name of 
Governor Parker's State has been 
smirched, and he intends to clear away 
the stain if it shall be possible," declares 
the Newark Evening News. "The fight 
will go on," tersely announces the New 
Orleans Times-Picayune and Attorney- 
General Coco is quoted as saying that 
this "by no means settles the matter from 
the State's standpoint." Even though 
the Morehouse jury refused to return in- 



dictments, "Governor Parker has scored 
a victory," thinks the New York Evening 
Post; "the outbreak of violence insti- 
tuted by the Klan or encouraged by its 
activities has been checked." Continues 
The Evening Post: 

"Governor Parker, undaunted by the 
grand jury's virtual defiance of the State, 
has promptly started fresh proceedings. 
More charges of assault and battery, de- 
portation, and lying in wait with danger- 
ous weapons are to be pressed. To More- 
house Parish this program may look like 
a persistent effort to discredit the locality. 
In reality it is the exact opposite. Noth- 
ing would cleanse the reputation of the 
district so quickly as an exhibition of Jer- 
sey justice. 

"Governor Parker's determined atti- 
tude, representative of the attitude of the 
general public, has made its impression 
upon the minds and hearts of the men in 
the black hoods. The threat of a vast 
organization taking the law into its own 
hands and making lynching a regularized 
and nation-wide method of giving effect 
to either a distorted public feeling or 
private revenge is a threat no longer." — 
The Literary Digest, April 14, 1923. 



Men are apathetic and forgetful of 
God. They do not trace His glory, do 
not recall His graciousness and tender 
compassion. He has never failed them. 
History is a witness to providence. Ex- 
perience is a Bible, telling of a love that 
is persistent and a forbearance that is in- 
finite. A good man will take pains to in- 
struct others in the fidelity of God to His 
covenant and the reality of His guidance. 
He sends redemption to His people in 
that He rescues them from foes and from 
weaknesses of character which restrain 
them from seeking the land of promise. 
We need to know and to remember the 
statutes of the Most High, and that He 
demands from His children conformity 
to those ways which He has laid down for 
their guidance. 



"Last evening, sir, I distinctly saw my 
daughter sitting in your lap. What ex- 
planation have you to make?" 

"I got here -early, sir, before the 
others." 



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ALUMNI SALUTE TO 
PRESIDENT BLANCHARD 

By F. E. H., '99. 
Among the great he stands apart, 

As in the days of classic Greece 
In some rich gallery of art 

A Phidian chisel's masterpiece ! 

A noble soul in noble form, 

A beacon blending strength and light 
A mighty fortress in the storm, 

A waymark in the starless night ! 

And by that light a thousand souls 
Were led like ships upon the sea 

And passed the narrows and the shoals 
To ports of noble destiny ! 

Now as the voyagers return 
With what emotion and acclaim 

They see again that beacon burn 
And hail once more that kindly flame ! 

Heroic figure of our Past, 

Faithful lighthouse on the shore 

Of Life's great ocean deep and vast 
That guided us in days of yore ! 

Grown more noble with the years 
And haloed with a purer ray 

And gentler glory he appears 
Whom we salute in love today ! 



Read at Wheaton College Alumni Reunion, 
June 19, 1923. 



THE QUESTION. 

Hillsdale, Okla., June 12, 1923. 
Rev. James M. Gray, 
Dean Moody Bible Institute, 
Chicago, 111. 

Dear Brother Gray: — Our local pastor 
recently spoke to me very unfavorably 
of the National Christian Association, 850 
West Madison Street, Chicago, and stated 
further that the larger institutions do not 
endorse its work. I mentioned that they 
were distributing in tract form your, 
"The Open Confession." In reply he 
stated that the above Association did get 
hold of statements from such as your 
standing and use them as a means to fur- 
ther their questionable ends. 

Would you kindly state whether you 
endorse this Association and approve its 
work. If not approved, please show how 
it is in error. 

I am asking this for information and 
benefit. Recently I read a number of 
tracts from the N. C. A. including yours 
above mentioned, and I am also a sub- 
scriber to the "Christian Cynosure." Some 
time since, I withdrew from Masonry 
and M. W. A., and it seems almost a God- 
send to get in touch with the N. C. A. 
and learn the errors of the lodge, to in- 
form others from the standpoint of His- 
tory and Bible value to ascertain if I am 
safe in studying after the National Chris- 
tian Association. 

Thanking you very much, 

Yours very respectfully, 

Ernest G. Evans. 



The Reply. 

June 19, 1923. 
Dear Mr. Evans : — Replying to yours 
of the 12th I have never heard that the 
National Christian Association had "ques- 
tionable ends." Of its history and work 
I know but little personally, but that 
which I do know is only creditable. Its 
strong protest against secret societies 
makes enemies for it even in the Christian 
ministry alas, which may explain the 
criticisms you have heard. However, as 
you have been interested in such societies 
and have withdrawn from them you can 
understand this better than I. I think the 
National Christian Association is a safe 
guide for you in the premises and my ad- 
vice would be for you to get in corres- 



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pondence with its secretary, whose ad- 
dress is found on its literature. 
Sincerely yours, 

J. M. Gray. 
Mr. Ernest G. Evans, 
Hillsdale, Oklahoma. 



The Reverend John Brenner of Mil- 
waukee writes in the Northwestern Luth- 
eran : "We are not at all surprised. When 
the Elks look after the Boy Scouts they 
are looking after their own, just as a 
father looks after his children. The Boy 
Scout movement is an offspring of the 
lodge. It has the same "undenomina- 
tional" religion, the same attempt to effect 
righteousness without Christ, the common 
brotherhood of man (especially, however, 
the brotherhood of men bound together by 
an oath and by obedience to their of- 
ficers), an oath, secret signs of recogni- 
tion, and so forth. Therefore we say, 
if the lodge looks after the Boy Scouts it 
is looking after its own." • 

"Many churches, too, look after Boy 
Scout troops, though some have already 
been made wise by experience. We could 
prove that the official attitude of the Boy 
Scouts makes it impossible for a church 
to have its own Scouts. But this proof 
would hardly be needed. The Boy Scouts 
are not so many individual people; they 
represent a principle, a principle, at that, 
which we are compelled to witness against 
in the name of Jesus Christ. That prin- 
ciple cannot be detached from their name 
nor brushed from their uniform. Who- 
ever employs the name and adopts the 
uniform creates the appearance that he is 
in harmony with the principle they repre- 
sent. The impression the name and the 
uniform make on the public that does not 
hear us and on our people that do hear us 
will always be stronger than anything we 
can say against the wrong principle. We 
are identifying ourselves with a move- 
ment which conflicts with the teachings 
of our church. 

And there is more than the mere ap- 
pearance. A subtle influence emanates 
from the outward symbols of any prin- 
ciple that carries to our heart the principle 
they express. We are not immune to the 
humanitarian religion of our day. We 
feel its appeal day after day. Resistance 
is gradually worn away, till we suddenly 



find that it has overpowered us. We must 
battle constantly ; we must take a decided 
stand ; we must confess openly and de- 
cisively, we cannot afford to place our- 
selves and our people in the way of 
temptation. Let the lodges look after the 
Boy Scouts, but let the churches main- 
tain their testimony against them by word 
and deed." 



FROM A CONVERTED JEW. 

One day while on an elevated train I 
began conversation with a man who was 
sitting next to me. I was reading a copy 
of the Christian Cynosure. We talked 
about the weather and similar subjects, 
and soon discovered this man was a 
Mason. I felt God had given me an 
opportunity just then to say a word for 
my Master, and so I declared my stand 
on the lodge question and soon we were 
engaged in an earnest conversation. In 
a gentle like way I tried to tell him of 
the inconsistencies of the lodge in relation 
to Christianity, and how impossible it is 
to be a true citizen of the United States 
and also a member of the secret order. 
At this he became angry and used vile 
language that was unfit to be heard but 
he was unable to meet my argument. All 
he did was to violate his Masonic oath 
again and again in regard to secrecy. 

When the time came for me to get off 
I told him my reason for having spoken 
to him was, in order to show him the 
light of truth as revealed in God's W r ord. 
I told him I am going to continue to show 
men the danger and then leave it to their 
own decision — feeling I had done my 
duty. I gave him the impression that he 
could not be a child of God and abide in 
darkness. 

The sum of the whole matter, it seems 
to me, is to continually give the warning 
signal to men and women in the lodge. 
We Christians are to be faithful and the 
Lord will take care of the results. 

J. Nathan, Evangelist. 

Chicago, 111: 



/No one can awaken in the multitude a liv- 
ing sense of the near reality of God unless he 
has enjoyed direct spiritual vision himself. 
Few things evoke a more infallible response 
than the authentic rote oi personal religious 
experience ; its presence and its absence are 
equally easy to detect. — A. G. Hogg. 



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TESTIMONY OF A SECEDER. 

I was made a Mason, though I was 
never one at heart. I read Wm. Morgan's 
"Freemasonry Exposed," and was told by 
Masons that it was false, though I was 
initiated precisely as Morgan had de- 
scribed. I was practically stripped, was 
neither naked nor clad, and had a cable= 
tow around my neck, and a hoodwink 
over my eyes. I was led around and 
made to repeat the ritual after the Wor- 
shipful Master, and the oaths, with the 
awful penalty of having my tongue torn 
out by its roots, and my body buried in 
the rough sands of the sea, at low water 
mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice 
in twenty-four hours. So help me God, 
etc. 

I took four degrees, and then began to 
expose and hold them up to ridicule. Very 
soon three Masons came to see me. I 
frankly told them they had lied to me 
and taken $40 of my money, besides hum- 
bugging me, and that now it was my turn 
to expose them. This I have been doing 
ever since, and will continue to do as long 
as I live, God being my helper. What a 
set of liars Masons are, repeating their 
lies over and over. Freemasonry is the 
Devil's church, having its mock death, 
conversion and resurrection. It is the 
Devil's incubator to hatch out the chil- 
dren of devils. It is Satan's master-piece, 
the mystery of iniquity of which Paul 
speaks. 

What is the remedy? Turn on the 
light, expose it, tell men in the churches 
about it, and at every convenient season. 
Do not support Masonic ministers by pay- 
ing or going to hear them. Do not vote 
Masons into office. Let us do our part, 
so that we shall be without blame in that 
great day, even if we are hated of all men 
for Christ's sake, yet at last we shall win 
the crown. 



BALKY TOM. 

"Run upstairs, Tommy, and bring 
baby's nightgown," said Tommy's mother. 

"Don't want to," said Tommy, who 
was tired and sleepy. 

"Oh, Tommy! If you are not kind *to 
your new little sister she'll put on her 
wings and fly back to heaven." 

Tommy's reply came: "Well, let her 
put on her wings and fly upstairs for her 
nightgown !" 



SERMON PRINTED IN CYNOSURE 
FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. 

Men are social beings. A single human 
being, separated from the companionship 
and help of his kind, is the most helpless 
and wretched of animate creatures. 

Men must associate in families for the 
purpose of producing and rearing off- 
spring; and to make life worth living 
there is imperative need of the tender and 
elevating relationships of family life. To 
secure from the earth the comforts and 
conveniences of life it is necessary that 
men should co-operate in groups larger 
than families, or even clans and tribes. 

In the struggle with nature two can ac- 
complish more than twice as much as one, 
ten vastly more than five times as much 
as two, and when the numbers joined in 
associated efforts rises to thousands and 
millions, the products secured are in- 
creased in a ratio beyond the power of 
words to express. The co-ordination of 
the activities of the members of even the 
most advanced nation of earth is con- 
fessedly very imperfect; and yet how 
magnificent are the results when com- 
pared with those formerly attained by the 
warring tribes in the territory now occu- 
pied by the United States or even by the 
people of Europe under the feudal sys- 
tem. We are only beginning to get faint 
glimpses of what shall be realized in a 
material way when the kingdoms of the 
world shall be fused and molded into the 
Kingdom of Jesus Christ, when all armies 
shall be disbanded ; when hatreds, jeal- 
ousies and rivalries shall be done away ; 
when the only form of competition shall 
be in striving to see who can do most to 
promote the general welfare, and when 
in all lands, in all climates, in all condi- 
tions, men shall vie with one another in 
the endeavor to secure for all mankind 
the best possible in things material, things 
moral and things spiritual. 

In order that individuals, families and 
industrial associations may be protected 
in their just rights and enjoy the largest 
possible amount of real liberty, while each 
performs its appropriate function, men 
have everywhere found it necessary to 
organize governments whose proper func- 
tions are so well stated in the preamble 
of the Constitution of the United States: 
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lish justice, insure domestic tranquility, 
provide for the common defense, pro- 
mote the general welfare and secure the 
blessing of liberty." 

Importance of Government. 
We can best form a right estimate of 
the necessity and value of a government 
by considering the condition of those who 
are without any. Indeed, it is not prob- 
able that a people can be found so de- 
graded as not to have some sort of gov- 
ernmental organization. Where such or- 
ganization is very imperfect and personal 
and property rights are insecure, there 
might makes right, brute force and vio- 
lence prevail, the advantages of indus- 
trial associations are not to be had, 
civilization perishes and famine, pesti- 
lence and petty warfare desolate the land. 
An absolute monarchy is better than no 
government. [Probably the wretched 
people of America would prefer the awful 
despotism of the Czar to their present 
lack of any protection at all.] 

Best Form of Government. 

Undoubtedly the best form of govern- 
ment yet devised is that of a constitu- 
tional democracy; but if God should to- 
morrow annihilate every emperor, sultan, 
king or other absolute ruler of whatever 
name, could the people of Cuba, Armenia, 
China or Russia carry on successfully 
self-government, even under the best of 
constitutions? The people of Mexico, 
Central America and South America long 
ago copied our constitution but what a 
farce their attempts at self-government 
have proved to be! Mexico has had a 
few years of comparative peace and pros- 
perity, but those acquainted with the con- 
ditions there say that the president is 
really a military dictator. He practically 
nominates and secures the election of the 
members of congress and what few intel- 
ligent citizens there are in the country 
who submit to his dictation because they 
believe it to be better than the anarchy 
which would be likely to follow his over- 
throw. Why is self-government impos- 
sible for the vast majority of the human 
race at present? 

Kind of Citizens Required for a Successful 
Democracy. 

Success in this highest, most important 
and difficult of human organizations is 



dependent upon certain well-defined con- 
ditions. Castelar, the great orator-states- 
man of Spain, has well said : "You cannot 
have a republic without republicans." Un- 
less a large majority of those who exer- 
cise political power are honest, intelligent, 
patriotic and lovers of justice, self-gov- 
ernment will be a failure. No govern- 
ment by the people can long endure when 
any one of the conditions implied in the 
above statement is absent. 

For our present purpose let us consider 
the quality of patriotism. It is abundant- 
ly evident from the way the word and its 
allied terms are used in literature that 
men are substantially agreed that the pur- 
pose of the States are so important that 
the obligations of patriotism are superior 
to all others except those of righteous- 
ness, or duty to God. At the call of the 
State men give their wonted occupations 
up whereby they secure the means of sub- 
sistence for themselves and their fami- 
lies, leave home and sacrifice health and 
even life itself, and are universally 
praised for so doing. 

State Must Be Superior to All Human 
Authority. 

It is a well established principle of 
political science that the sovereignty of 
the state should be exclusive, all-compre- 
hensive and absolute over all its domain 
and all the people dwelling therein, if it 
is to perform its high functions properly. 
It demands the unhesitating obedience of 
all within its borders and has a right to 
claim the willing support of all who 
profess to be its citizens. It cannot 
divide allegiance. No man has any right 
to the sacred name of citizen of a state 
who admits that any other human author- 
ity whatsoever, whether without its 
geographical limits or within them, has a 
superior or even an equal claim upon him 
for consideration or obedience. 

When a foreigner seeks to become a 
citizen of the United States he is right- 
fully required to renounce allegiance to 
all other authority. When a person who 
has been a citizen of this country volun- 
tarily assumes the obligations of a citizen 
of some other country, he thereby forfeits 
his rights as a citizen of this. When one 
of our citizens takes upon himself obliga- 
tions to any man or to any organization 
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country, does he not thereby disqualify 
himself for the functions of a citizen? 
Function of Civic Oaths. 

The state usually seeks to secure from 
its officials a guarantee for the faithful 
performance of their respective duties by 
putting them under the solemn obligations 
of an oath, and. this is considered so im- 
portant that it is required of all executive 
officers, from President to policeman; of 
judges, legislators, jurors and witnesses. 
Thus the function of the oath is neces- 
sarily extended to a large portion of our 
citizens and everyone is liable to be in- 
cluded in its application. Can any intelli- 
gent and unprejudiced mind fail to see 
that the administration of extra-judicial 
oaths tend to confuse the understandings 
of those who take such oaths, either as to 
the meaning of an oath or else as to which 
oath is to be obeyed when their oath to 
the state and their oath to a society hap- 
pen to come into conflict ? 
Masonic Oaths Conflict With Civic Oaths. 

That such conflicts do occur has been 
abundantly proven in the course of judi- 
cial proceedings. In the case of Calvan 
Cook vs. Harvey, which was tried in 
New York in 1830, Erastus Day, being 
sworn as a witness, testified that he had 
taken seventeen degrees in Masonry and 
that he considered his Masonic oaths 
superior to the oath he had just taken be- 
fore the court, consequently he refused to 
answer certain questions, the reply to 
which he considered would be in viola- 
tion to his Masonic obligations. Here let 
it be noted that Mr. Day had just sworn 
to "tell the truth and the whole truth, 
etc.," and now violates that oath in order 
to keep his Masonic oath. At the same 
trial six other persons, called as wit- 
nesses, either refused to answer after be- 
ing sworn or refused to be sworn at all. 

About the same date Benjamin Enos, 
Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of the state of New York, having 
been called and sworn as a witness, re- 
fused to answer certain questions put to 
him by the court in the following words : 
"No court can impose upon me an oath to 
make me violate any previous promise or 
obligation ; therefore I will answer no 
more questions." A Grand King of a 
Grand Royal Chapter may be supposed 
to know what his Masonic obligations re- 
quired of him. 



Passing over numerous similar in- 
stances in whicl} Masotoic oaths have 
come into collision with judicial oaths, to 
the detriment of the latter, we note that 
in a recent trial in England, after a spy 
employed by the police, under the name 
of Jones, had testified to the doings of the 
Clan-na-Gael, the attorney for the de- 
fence, in the course of a cross-examina- 
tion, asked Jones if, when taking the 
Clan-na-Gael oath he had intended to 
keep it. Jones replied in the negative, 
whereupon the attorney asked Jones if 
he had any more respect for his oath be- 
fore the court than for his former oath, 
evidently thinking to make a strong point 
against Jones. We need not now con- 
sider the rightfulness of the course of the 
spy, but certainly there could be no point 
in the attorney's question unless it be 
granted that fhe oath taken in the Clan- 
na-Gael could conflict with the oath re- 
quired by the court. 

Opinion of Daniel Webster. 

Daniel Webster, speaking of Free Ma- 
sonry, said : "I have no hesitation in 
saying that however unobjectionable may 
have been the original objects of the in- 
stitution, or however pure may be the 
motives and purposes of the individual 
members, and notwithstanding the many 
great and good men who have from time 
to time belonged to the order, yet, never- 
theless, it is an institution which in my 
judgment is essentially wrong in the prin- 
ciple of its formation; that from its very 
nature it is liable to great abuses; that 
among the obligations, the members of 
which take upon themselves extraordi- 
nary obligations to one another and are 
bound together by secret oaths, are natur- 
ally sources of jealousy and just alarm 
to others ; are especialy unfavorable to 
harmony and mutual confidence among 
men living together under popular insti- 
tutions, and are dangerous to the general 
cause of civil liberty and good govern- 
ment. Under the influence of this con- 
viction it is my opinion that the future 
administration of all such oaths and the 
formation of all such obligations should 
be prohibited by law." 

So wrote the great "Defender of the 
Constitution" in a letter dated Nov. 20, 
1835, and the views therein expressed 
were placed on the statute books of Ver* 



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mont and several other States at about 
that time. 

(To be continued.) 



MORE FACTS ABOUT THE M. N. A. 
RAILROAD STRIKE. 

By Dr. Geo. A. Pegram, Harrison, Ark. 

Facts have not changed, but more facts 
have come to light. Some men have 
changed in their attitude toward some 
public questions or have shown that their 
former apparent attitude was not their 
real attitude. Then again, some motives 
which at first appeared hidden, afterward 
became perfectly clear. For this reason 
it seems that fairness would required fur- 
ther facts regarding the strike to be re- 
corded. Most of what was done at the 
affair in January is still approved of. But 
the trouble is that so often human nature 
is so weak that when it gets full control 
it is not always careful to give strict 
justice to the other fellow. Hence the 
present article. 

The strikers along the M. & N. A. 
Railroad were divided into three differ- 
ent classes. Probably there are three 
classes in every strike. In every move- 
ment or organization there are the radi- 
cals, conservatives and the middle-of-the- 
road people, which correspond to the 
three classes of strikers. For all strikers 
are not like some strikers, in any strike. 

The first class was composed of those 
who were not satisfied with simply 
striking. They are not satisfied to protect 
their own rights — they must invade the 
rights of others. They could not work 
only on the defensive ; they must work 
on the offensive. This is the class which 
furnished the criminals who destroyed 
property, burned bridges, cut hose, 
greased tracks, turned switches, etc. They 
were criminals just as much as was any- 
body else who committed such crimes 
and should have been treated as such. 
Not to have treated them as such was to 
condone crime or to ignore it. 

The second class would not commit 
such crimes and depredations, but they 
would condone and defend all such 
crimes if they thought they were commit- 
ted by the unions or for the unions or 
against the road against which they were 



on a strike. But they were too cowardly 
or politic to commit such depredations 
themselves ; they would nevertheless en- 
courage and instigate their commission 
and would condone and defend such as 
were committed. They would also com- 
fort, defend and protect all those who 
committed such crimes. They were just 
as bad as were those who did commit 
such crimes on the principle that the re- 
ceiver is as bad as the thief and the par- 
ticipant as bad as the main actor. The 
fact is they were probably worse because 
they wanted to be thought good and pass 
as innocent and law-abiding, while their 
hearts and sympathies were bad. This 
made them both cowards and hypocrites. 
This class comes in the same category as 
the first one and should be accorded the 
same treatment and would be so treated 
before the law. 

The third class was far different from 
the other two. They simply struck be- 
cause they did not like the wages, or the 
road, or the conditions under which they 
worked, or the boss, or simply because 
they thought somebody else was treated 
unjustly, and struck. They saw no harm 
in striking for such a cause. They did it 
in self-defense and intended no harm to 
anybody. They did see harm and crime 
in depredations and they refused to coun- 
tenance or encourage or condone them ; 
neither would they participate in them. 
They simply struck, went home, attended 
to their own business and tried to make 
an honest living working at something 
else. On the other hand, they deplored 
and opposed the crimes and depredations 
which were committed, either by the 
union, or in behalf of the union, as much 
as those crimes which were committed 
against it. This class expressed bitter re- 
grets at the depredations which were 
committed and seemed to sincerely wish 
they had not occurred. They said, and 
rightly too. that such acts would only 
hinder their cause. But the strikers of 
the first and second classes thought that 
such crimes would help their cause. They 
made it clear that they favored such 
crimes, expressed gratification at their 
commission and wished for their continu- 
ance. But some of the third class have 
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been for certain men in their union their 
difficulties would have been settled long 
ago and without any notable trouble, and 
also that crimes and depredations would 
not have been committed. To do justice 
to all and so hasten full and final settle- 
ment of such difficulties, is the purpose 
of this article. For we had just as well 
face the fact that such troubles will never 
be settled fully till they are settled right. 
Any other method is only laying up more 
trouble for the future. 

Another fact should be recorded here. 
When the railroad men first struck here 
they had the sympathies of the majority 
of the people, if not of all. Mass meet- 
ings were held by business and profes- 
sional men who deplored the conditions 
which led to the strike and openly ex- 
pressed their sympathies with the strikers. 
The local people would have continued to 
sympathize with them had it not been for 
the criminal element in the unions trying 
to hinder and hamper the operation of 
the road by opposition, depredation and 
destruction. For these injured not only 
the road, but also the people who were 
dependent upon the road for transporta- 
tion. Repeated crimes against the road 
and its hindrance from operation soon 
turned most of the people in the territory 
contiguous to the road against those sup- 
posed to be responsible for such crimes 
and such hindrance, who were thought by 
most people to be strikers. For all the 
tangible evidence pointed to the strikers 
as their authors. For when a bridge was 
burned, or a train was wrecked, or any 
other depredation was committed, some 
of the first and second classes of strikers 
were heard to express great satisfaction 
and to say they were glad of it and that 
they would finally win the strike, as if 
such crimes were their accredited means 
of winning. This indicated sympathy and 
conviction on their part that such depreda- 
tions were either committed by the unions 
or for the unions, if by someone else 
than union members. 

Further, the strikers and their families 
would snub, slur and insult the strike- 
breakers and their families on the street, 
in the park, at school or church, or at 
any other place where they might meet. 
The same spirit and treatment was ac- 
corded also to all who deigned to have 



business dealings with them or sympa- 
thized with them. The same bitter spirit 
was carried into the schools, where the 
children of strikers would slur and snub 
the children of "scabs," as they were 
called. Many petty quarrels and fights 
followed in the wake of such slurs and 
insults. But the children at school sim- 
ply reflected the spirit and the atmos- 
phere of the home, where the children 
had heard their parents talk similarly. 

Several other occurrences injured and 
lowered the moral influence and social 
grip of the unions on the community. 
One was the expressed intention of the 
union to boycott all the merchants and 
everybody else who countenanced the 
strikebreakers by either defense of them 
or business dealings with them such as 
selling to them, trading with them or em- 
ploying them. The whole town was can- 
vassed by the unions and all merchants 
notified by the unions to that effect. This 
was not an empty threat, for it was 
promptly carried out, as several of the 
merchants and professional men have 
sadly testified. For it was not two to 
four hours till all such were strictly black- 
listed and boycotted. More than one mer- 
chant testified that they favored the 
strikers only because opposing them might 
prevent their getting thousands of dollars 
of debts which strikers owed them. The 
strikers expressly said they were going 
to make everybody take side or at least 
show which side they were on, and if pos- 
sible make them espouse the strikers' side 
and cause. 

This boycott was carried into civic af- 
fairs too. It was not enough to injure 
people as individuals ; they must also in- 
jure all the organizations which their 
opponents sponsored. One was the public 
schools of the city. The amount of 
money accruing from school taxes was 
not sufficient to defray all the expenses 
for a full term. This deficit was nobly 
made up by the generosity of the citizens 
of the town, most of whom but not all 
of them being parents of children in 
school. 

(To be Continued.) 



"A ton weight of human literature is 
not worth an ounce of Scripture." 



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(Mrituonj. 



The National Christian Associa- 
tion has lost a faithful friend in the death 
of Mr. Jacob K. Graybill. His interest 
in our work was especially shown in his 
attendance at our Annual Meetings. To- 
gether with his devoted wife he succeeded 
with much effort in reaching our last an- 
nual gathering and brought the usual 
cheer of his presence. 

He was born September 18th, 1843, 
and passed to the Heavenly life July 5th, 
1923. He was a good soldier of the 
Cross and showed by a consistent Chris- 
tian life that his conversion was genuine. 
He was greatly blessed shortly before his 
death in singing "I'm Going Home to Die 
No More." Brother Graybill lived in 
Harvey, Illinois, where for years he con- 
ducted a printing business. 



l£Htmnl 



Many a man through sin finds his life 
turned into bitterness, the fertility in 
which he rejoiced becoming nothing more 
than a salt marsh. Sin is delusive. It 
promises adventure and achievement, it 
gives bitterness and barrenness. Sin is a 
withering blight on life. On the other 
hand, many a life that seemed ruined and 
dead, nothing but a salt marsh, has been 
made verdant, beautiful, life-giving, the 
habitation of all manner of beautiful and 
mighty thoughts and achievements. The 
miracle of the twice-born is the most 
romantic story the world has ever heard. 



WHAT WE KNOW OF SECRET SO- 
CIETIES. 

Opponents of secret orders are fre- 
quently met with the accusation, "You 
do not know what you are talking about." 

This statement looks plausible, and, to 
a superficial thinker, may pass for gospel, 
but it is not sound, because there are men 
who have never been in any lodge who 
are more intimately acquainted with the 
working of the whole Secret Empire than 



many of the members. Outside of those 
who are experts on the question, there is 
a great body of people who condemn 
secret orders, and the question is — Do 
they know what they are talking about? 
] f they do not, then they are wrong in 



condemning them. 



One of the fundamental principles of 
God's government of this world is that he 
never requires a man to do evil that good 
may come. He does not oblige him to 
learn the evil of anything by experience 
in order to be able to condemn it. He 
does not require that a man shall join a 
secret order before he can intelligently 
denounce it. It is not necessary that a 
man join a band of counterfeiters, and 
learn not only what the counterfeit coin 
is, but also the whole process of making 
it, in order to intelligently condemn it. 
Nor is it necessary that a man should 
know every counterfeit. What is neces- 
sary is that he should know the genuine 
coin, and whatever does not come up to 
its standard is false. 

God has given a perfect standard of 
right in His Word and whatever is not in 
accord with that is wrong. The necessary 
thing for the opponent of secret societies 
is to know the Bible and in that he has 
a touch stone by which to try them all, 
from the least to the greatest. Varying 
the language of Scripture we may say : 
Beloved, believe not every fraternity, but 
try the fraternities whether they be of 
God. 

In the Bible we find teachings which 
warrant us in condemning every secret 
order. Those who have never belonged 
to a secret order, and so have no personal 
knowledge of what may take place be- 
hind the screen, are justified in condemn- 
ing them after having applied the in- 
fallible standards of God's word and 
found them wanting. 

There are some things connected with 
secret orders which are not intended to 
be secret. One of these is the fact that 
they are secret societies. I can proceed 
at once from the standpoint of one wholly 
outside, to condemn them simply because 
they are secret. This is the fundamental 
principle of all of them, and it is explicitly 
condemned as wrong by the Bible. Read 
John III., 20: "For every one that doeth 
evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the 



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light lest his deeds may be made mani- 
fest, that they are wrought in God." 

The one fact that they are secret — that 
is, that they do not come to the light — 
furnishes all the basis I need for con- 
demning them, and this is the one fact 
which is always revealed and never con- 
cealed by the members of secret societies. 
"To the law and to the testimony if they 
speak not according to this Word it is 
because there is no light in them," Isaiah 
VIII., 20. Secrecy is wrong, being con- 
demned by the word of God ; therefore no 
amount of good which secret societies 
may do can atone for this fundamental 
evil. 



THE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE. 

Perhaps the educational problem of the 
church has been discussed from every 
angle as never before. In our discussion 
of the same we want to keep in mind 
Christian ideals and be known as having 
a Christian College. This does not mean 
all other colleges are Godless or void of 
all faith, but that the college stands for 
the following: 

1. .It Stands for the Word of God. — 
It is the duty of the men in charge of our 
educational institutions to carry out this 
great task. While our college stands for 
a distinct personality, it must bear the 
imprint of the name of Christ, whose life 
and principles it espouses as the purpose 
of its being. 

2. It Stands for Education. — No sub- 
stitute can be offered for the most effi- 
cient training of the mind. Education is 
the first main work in our college. If we 
undervalue this factor it cannot live. To 
this we must commit ourselves, or our 
college is not fulfilling the purpose of its 
mission. A course of study should be 
given, having in mind the highest possi- 
ble usefulness in life for the students. 
The college that fails to include the Bible 
as a textbook on a par with other sub- 
jects misses the link that binds the college 
and church to the highest usefulness for 
humanity. 

Some people have the idea that the pur- 
pose of a church college is to make min- 
isters and missionaries. But this is only 
one phase of college work. The purpose 
of the Bible in the curriculum is to help 



keep the college Christian. The majority 
of our students are not going to be or- 
dained ministers and missionaries. The 
value of the Christian College to the min- 
istry is unquestioned, but we must seek 
to serve the greater numbers in the col- 
lege who are going out as teachers, busi- 
ness men and other walks of life. They 
will be supporters of the Christian min- 
istry and will be interpreters of Chris- 
tianity. 

The college has the greatest oppor- 
tunity for maintaining the true principles 
of the church and can send students out 
with the right understanding and just 
appreciation of the word of God. 

3. A Devoted Faculty. — The faculty 
is largely responsible for working out the 
policy and the purpose of the administra- 
tion. A purpose is of no avail unless it 
is incarnated. So much depends upon the 
teacher. He may be well educated and a 
competent teacher, but if he is not in 
harmony with the policy of the school 
little can be achieved. He may be an 
earnest Christian and devoted to the cause 
of the church, but if he does not have 
the gift of teaching, less can be achieved. 

The Christian College seeks personal- 
ity, ability and religious faith. In order 
to accomplish this she must have capable 
teachers, but they must be deeply inter- 
ested in religious things. 

The faculty and administration must 
have for its dominating principles the 
moral and spiritual side of the student. 
Some colleges take various goals as their 
standard. One will emphasize athletic 
features to the exclusion of all other aims. 
Some will take scholarship as its one 
great and only purpose. Still others will 
stress cultural development. The Chris- 
tian College will have activities and am- 
bitions along some of these lines, yet it 
cannot lose sight of its great mission. The 
spirit that enthrones Christ will uncon- 
sciously rise above the passing to empha- 
size the permanent. May our college de- 
velop a manhood and womanhood that 
will look back to the college as the begin- 
ning of spiritual awakening and a rec- 
ognition of the realities of life. It is the 
purpose of a college to graduate students 
who will afterward honor the institution 
by right living and reflecting the ideals of 
their Alma Mater. We can achieve this 



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end when we are true to that for which 
we stand — a Christian faith, a Christian 
fellowship, a Christian democracy that 
makes more meaningly and serviceable 
the highest purposes of education. 

A. H. Leaman. 



WHY OPPOSE SECRET SOCIETIES? 

The secret lodge system is altogether 
unnecessary. Good men do not need it to 
accomplish their purposes, and wicked 
men should not be allowed to use it for 
the furtherance of their evil designs. It 
is opposed to the spirit of Christianity. 
Christ said : 'Tn secret have I said noth- 
ing" (John 18:20). The lodge is op- 
posed to the teachings of Christianity, 
because it offers a salvation other than 
provided by Christ. "There is none oth- 
er name under Heaven, given among men, 
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 

Their claim to be a charitable institu- 
tion is spurious. They confine their help 
to their own membership, and their mem- 
bership is limited to able-bodied men, who 
are not at all likely to become subjects of 
charity. A poor man is deprived of all 
the benefits of the order, no matter how 
great his need may be, by a failure to pay 
his dues. They follow the example of 
the Priest and the Levite, rather than 
that of the good Samaritan. Christain 
men should stay out of the lodge, because 
it brings them into unnecessary associa- 
tion with corrupt and vicious men. "Be 
ye not unequally yoked together with un- 
believers." All patriotic and liberty lov- 
ing men should labor for the overthrow 
of the lodge system, because it interferes 
with the proper administration of justice 
in a free government. 



In the past twenty-five years the lodge 
system has grown at a wonderful rate. I 
have no statistics touching the parent so- 
cieties, Masonry and Oddfellowship. But 
the progeny of these "ancient" orders has 
become very numerous, and there is no 
mistaking the family resemblance. The 
lodge system is like a cancer preying upon 
the body-politic. Masonry and Oddfel- 
lowship constitute the heart of the cancer, 
and what we call the minor orders are the 
roots running out into every part of our 
social system. Much evil has already been 



wrought by these societies, and no good 
which might not have been much greater 
without their conscience destroying prac- 
tices. In the nature of the case, if this 
cancer is not removed, it will at length 
take the life. 

Is there cause, then, for the National 
Christian Association and the teachers of 
truth on this subject to be discouraged? 
By no means. Many young men and 
women have been saved from these hurt- 
ful and corrupting lodges. Public senti- 
ment has been much enlightened. In 
addition to this, the openly vile conduct 
of the children of Masonry and Oddfel- 
lowship is bringing these more cunning 
parents into general disrepute on the part 
of all lovers of God and truth, and of 
our country. 

Instead of discouragement there is 
great reason to take courage, and to con- 
tinue in well-doing. In due season the 
harvest from the sowing of the truth will 
be ready for the gathering. Keep the 
X-rays of truth continually turned upon 
this monstrous and loathsome cancer, and 
it will be destroyed. Our hope is in God. 
His Word is against this false system. 
The signs of the times indicate that He is 
about to manifest His power in some sig- 
nal way. 



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EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

Nekoosa, Wis., July 14, 1923. 
Strange news we are getting! Yester- 
day's paper informs us that our President 
has added another to his list of Lodges. 
This time the "Arctic Brotherhood." In 
so doing the Milwaukee News states he 
took an oath never to mistreat a dog or 
a horse. He is quoted to have spoken 
as follows : "The more I see of communi- 
ties of human beings the more firmly is 
my belief established that the sweetest 
thing in the world is a few dependable 
friends." Papers sometimes misquote. 
Some of us who do not agree with this 
statement hope he was not properly re- 
ported. All the animal lodges would 
of course be pleased to annex the Presi- 
dent of the United States to their num- 
ber. The Pennsylvania papers report at 



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Johnstown and other points that the Yel- 
low Dog Lodges are growing rapidly. 

My activities during the past month 
have covered parts of Pennsylvania, In- 
diana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, nearly a 
week being spent in attendance at the 
great church gathering of the Tri- Annual 
Lutheran Synod of our Missouri friends 
at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The weather was 
unusually warm, the discussions heated, 
and many sought relief from the heat 
of the convention hall under the trees near 
at hand, where they found your repre- 
sentative ready to receive their subscrip- 
tion to the Cynosure. Over one-hundred 
were thus enrolled to be workers together 
with us. Every kindness was shown to 
your representative though there was lit- 
tle opportunity for public address, but 
when I say there were nearly a thousand 
preachers there, all anxious to speak, you 
will understand why. They voted to raise 
millions of dollars to build great schools. 
God bless them — we hope they will ! The 
Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, is to have the big boost. They 
have seventy acres of land on which it is 
proposed to erect twenty-eight large 
buildings at a cost of two and a half mil- 
lion dollars. And notice every one of 
the pastors sent out from this great insti- 
tution is to oppose secret societies! They 
see the anti-Christ of the lodge, and do 
not wish their members to be either Owls, 
Elks or Dogs. 

When in Pennsylvania I worked among 
our Mennonite Brethren, Zion Brethren, 
and United Christian Brethren friends. 
They showed appreciation of our efforts 
as usual. A meeting in the "Slate Hill" 
Church near Shiremanstown was cheer- 
ing, as was also that in the Union Chapel 
at Mechanicsburg. Bishop Benj. Zim- 
merman and preacher Samuel Hess were 
my special helpers there. My stay at 
Lebanon, Cleona, Palmyra, Hummels- 
town, etc., Pa., was necessarily brief, but 
made pleasant by kind friends. 

I almost forgot to mention Hershey ! 
I have seen this place grow from an ordi- 
nary cow pasture to a great factory town 
where thousands gather for pleasure and 
some read the Cynosure. 

On my arrivarat Chicago I found our 
General Secretary with his devoted wife 
starting for a trip into Michigan where 



they hoped to find needed help in health 
recovery. In this I learned they had been 
at least partially successful. It is hoped 
our Secretary's recovery may soon be 
complete. 

Racine, Wisconsin, again gave good 
help to our work. The erection of a Ma- 
sonic place of worship with the drives for 
new members has stirred up those who 
love Christ and His light in that city as 
perhaps they have never been stirred be- 
fore. The cry to rescue the perishing is 
surely heard louder than ever ! 

While in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I 
gathered an encouraging list of Cynosure 
subscriptions. Many said, "We want 
your lectures, but not in hot weather." 
The Free Methodist pastor had a new 
daughter arrive at his home Saturday 
night and seemed glad to have me bring 
the message Sabbath morning. He fol- 
lowed with a splendid exhortation. 

Several "drop in" meetings were the 
order of the day at Sheboygan, Wiscon- 
sin. In St. Mark's Lutheran Church 
there was a gathering for business. The 
stranger was invited to speak fifteen min- 
utes. Questions were asked and the time 
extended over an hour. I attempted an 
abbreviated talk in the open air at the 
Immanuel Lutheran Church where the 
people gathered for an ice cream social. 
I did not feel that it was altogether a suc- 
cess. The Christian Reformed Church 
was filled to hear my address. They took 
up a collection and said, "Come again." 
The good pastor and wife of the Wiscon- 
sin Synod Lutheran Church of Neenah 
took good care of me for my work's sake. 
The Ohio Synod pastor and family at 
Ft. Wayne, Ind., rendered even a larger 
service. It is impossible in the brief 
space given me to even mention the many 
who thus helped. God bless them all ! 

Arriving at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 
I found Pastor Hudtloff had been faith- 
ful in arranging for the lectures. I gave 
the second lecture in his church — St. 
Paul's Lutheran — and the following eve- 
ning delivered my third lecture in Wau- 
sau, Wisconsin, in the Trinity Lutheran 
Church. Tomorrow evening I am an- 
nounced to speak in Bethlehem Lutheran 
Church of this city. The friends have 
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Cynosure subscriptions, a goodly number 
of new names being added. 

Lutheran Churches in Merrill, Wiscon- 
sin, desire a lecture and invited me to 
come in the winter. If I go to Florida 
as last Winter, it will be long ways to 
come. Friends up North ought to turn 
out during this pleasant weather, but most 
of them "take to the woods." As the 
Masons would say "So mote it be." Guess 
I had better stop and go fishing! They 
say there are some to be caught in waters 
near at hand. They say the Beavers is 
the lodge here and Badgers may be found 
nearby. Lots of animals in the wild 
country ! 

W. B. Stoddard. 



members would be as ready to give a 
reason for their hope. 



There is only one real failure in life 
possible; and that is, not to be true to 
the best one knows. 



"A little too late is a lot too late." 

LETTERS FROM FRIENDS. 

A friend in Illinois writes : "My sym- 
pathy and prayers are with your work. 
Were it not for the approaching of the 
glorious return of our Savior which it 
indicates one would be dismayed at the 
awful thraldom in which so many of 
God's would-be followers are being held. 
The parasite has sapped most of the vital- 
ity from the Church but it is encourag- 
ing when we are inclined to feel that we 
are the only true prophet God has left in 
the community, and when they seek our 
life, to learn through the Cynosure that 
there are yet seven thousand who have 
not bowed the knee to Baal; and that 
there may yet be Obadiahs in Ahab's 
service who are ready to hide and nourish 
the prophets of God. May God bless and 
strengthen all his faithful witnesses. 

The following inspiring testimony came 
from a Slovak woman. A neighbor gave 
this woman a special invitation to a lodge 
supper which are simply snares to attract 
people, just as a spider entices flies into 
its web. Her kind yet firm reply in the 
negative caused me to ask after the neigh- 
bor had gone whether she didn't belong 
to the lodge. Her prompt reply was, 
"No, when you have Jesus you don't need 
the lodge." How I wish that more church 



A New Hampshire friend writes : "I 
enjoy the Cynosure, not for myself only 
but for others. I think your pamphlet 
"Sermon on Masonry," by Rev. James 
Williams is a fine one. Have given it to 
a Mason and I would like some more as it 
is "a red hot" argument. 



In renewing his subscription an Illinois 
friend says : "Being sandwiched in be • 
tween Masons and Knights of Columbus 
in business I know something of the 
workings of these organizations, especial- 
ly the hypocrisy of Masons and the in- 
sidious activities of the K. C.'s. God 
bless your work is one of my prayers." 



A friend in Pennsylvania wishing to 
do some missionary work pays for a half 
year's subscription to ten different parties. 
That's pushing the work forward ! 

One of our former Board of Directors, 
Rev. T. M. Slater of New Jersey, writes : 
"I am sending out a good deal of litera- 
ture from this point, and am seeking to 
get in touch with the 'Faithful.' ' : 



A new subscriber in Missouri says : 
"We like the magazine and it is already 
making a stir in circles outside of our 
immediate acquaintance. May God's 
blessing rest on your efforts." 



In writing to Secretary Phillips, a good 
friend of the Association states : "We 
plead for God's blessing upon your labor 
of love and may the patience of hope 
anchor you firmly to the good fight until 
you get a better job with a crown of glory 
from the Lord, the righteous Judge. And 
not to thee only but to all those who labor 
watching unto prayer and supplication 
lest His coming catch them at unawares 
and so find their works on fire and the 
door closed. Oh, the beginning of the 
standing 'without' that shall never end ! 
Keep oil in thy vessel!" 



A minister in Iowa who has been in 
the Lord's service for many years writes : 
"I am unable to remain as a regular sub- 
scriber to the Cynosure any longer. 
Since I have had to cease from work, I 



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must give up some of my papers as my 
small pension will not reach to pay for 
them all. Some time ago I came to long 
for the Cynosure again and sent 15 cents 
for a copy and after that you continued 
sending the magazine to my address for 
six months. I am very thankful to you 
for your kindness in sending the maga- 
zine to me. I always find great pleasure 
in reading it and I am sure the Cynosure 
is and has done a great deal of good 
work. God bless you, friends, and your 
work. Yes, I am sure His blessing rests 
upon you. I thank you again for your 
kindness to me. I am now 82 years old 
so it will not be long that I can tarry 
here." 



The following, taken from an Indiana 
friend's letter, is very encouraging to us. 
"We always read your paper from cover 
to cover and the children like to read it, 
too." 



From Texas comes the following : "We 
can't do without the Cynosure as it is 
filled with sound doctrine and is one hun- 
dred per cent loyal to Christianity and 
good government." 

Our readers will be interested in the 
following from the state of Wisconsin: 
"I became a member of the Knights of 
Pythias lodge about two years ago, but 
I thank God, praise His holy name, I 
woke up before it was too late. I became 
converted to Christ a year ago this month 
in a tent meeting and it was then and 
there that I saw the true position I was 
in at that time. I paid $25 to the lodge 
for initiation and $2 for dues, and re- 
gardless of the fact that I still owe them 
$20, they' will get no more money from 
me. It started me to thinking when I 
was present in the lodge room, when a 
blackball showed up in the acceptance or 
rejection of new prospects, especially if 
related to a member. In those disputes 
it didn't take me but a short time to de- 
cide how much they practice their teach- 
ings of brotherly love which they claim 
to exercise. I wish you Godspeed and 
good luck in your undertakings in this 
anti-lodsre work." 



the state of New York we received the 
following encouraging letter : "The last 
issue of the Christian Cynosure states 
that you are hoping some rich man may 
place your paper in the hands of all min- 
isters. That indeed would be a great 
thing. But in the meantime some of us, 
while not being able to do that, could 
double our subscription and send the 
paper to another. Therefore, I am en- 
closing $1.50, hoping you may send a 
year's subscription to someone you con- 
sider needs it. I hope and pray its influ- 
ence may be widely felt and react deeply 
into the hearts of many to down the wide- 
spread harm of the secret organizations." 
Isn't that fine from a new friend ! 



A Baptist minister in New York 
writes : "Kindly give me all the informa- 
tion you can regarding the perils of the 
lodge. I am a Mason but do not attend 
the lodge any more. I think their obli- 
gations are barbarous and their ceremon- 
ies bordering on blasphemy. Years ago 
I refused to make a prayer or become 
Chaplain of a lodge because I didn't care 
to address God through a cloud of tobacco 
smoke. Our little town of about 4,500 
people is just 'bug-house' over lodges. 
Rebekahs, Odd-Fellows, Masons and 
Eastern Stars predominate and our best 
church folks will leave any church func- 
tion rather than miss a lodge meeting. 
* * * Twenty-nine years ago when in 
Canada I used to read the Christian 
Cynosure, but I got away from its teach- 
ings." 



A new subscriber in Florida writes to 
Secretary W. B. Stoddard: "We have re- 
ceived two copies now of the Christian 
Cynosure and are pleased with the stand 
it takes against secret societies, unions, 
etc. May the Lord bless you and help 
you in your work for these are surely 
perilous times." 



From a recent Cynosure subscriber in 



Our books and tracts and the Chris- 
tian Cynosure are confined not only to 
the United States. We send literature to 
all parts of the world and have especially 
enjoyed within the past month or two 
quite an international distribution of our 
literature. Our friends and co-workers 
will be interested to learn that literature 



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— books, tracts and Cynosure — has gone 
forward to Australia, China, Canada, 
New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Tas- 
mania, Cesko-Slovensko, England, Brazil, 
South America, Japan and the Canal 
Zone. 

A letter from a friend in Tasmania who 
has ordered near $20 worth of literature 
will be of special interest to our readers. 
He writes : "It is surprising that so many 
Christians and professing Christians be- 
long to these wretched secret societies, 
especially Freemasonry. I hope to send 
copies of your .tracts which I have 
ordered to all the Protestant ministers in 
Tasmania and to many others. I heard 
about a year ago that Masons would not 
allow the name of our Lord Jesus Christ 
to be used at their meetings, but until 
reading your tracts this week I had no 
idea the organization was so controlled 
by Satan. I like the way Dr. James M. 
Gray writes and also the Scripture, "The 
Word of God" on the back of his tract." 
Tasmania is an island south of Australia 
and is a state of that country. 



From the state of Washington a friend 
writes : "Oh, if we could hear some of 
our great preachers, and we believe men 
of God, who are Masons, denounce from 
the pulpit the heathenism of the secret 
lodge but they shut up like clams. Do 
they still lack faith in God? I believe 
many of our great ministers who are 
Masons would gladly come out of it but 
they lack the courage to do so. I fully 
believe our own pastor who was elected 
Chaplain of the Masonic lodge last year 
hates the whole thing, for I have heard 
him make some scathing remarks of 
secret orders. May God help us all to 
be brave soldiers for Him." 



The problem of the high school frater- 
nity continues to be a disturbing factor 
in educational circles. The board of edu- 
cation of New York City recently asked 
the legislature to pass a law prohibiting 
secret societies in public schools. Despite 
these laws students in many places in 
these states, with the tacit approval of 
their parents, maintain these societies. The 
principals of the high schools of Oakland, 
Calif., recently expressed their public 
approval of these prohibitory laws, for 
the reason that "fraternities served to 



divide the student bodies of the high 
schools in such a way as to impede the 
growth and threaten the existence of that 
democratic spirit it is the business of the 
public schools to foster. These associa- 
tions encouraged snobbery and the as- 
sumption of arrogant superiority and pro- 
moted a narrow and clannish spirit." The 
principals conclude their statement by 
saying that, "Membership in such an 
organization under present conditions is 
bound to be a serious handicap to the de- 
velopment of that manhood and woman- 
hood which fathers and mothers covet for 
their children. 



Under date of May 20, 1923, Mr. 
Frank McLaughlin writes: "Where is 
the line drawn, and where should it be 
drawn between the Church and the 
Lodge? The Lodge has recently come 
boldly to the front and confessed pub- 
licly to be what it for years has been 
accused of being, and has thus, espe- 
cially in the South, demonstrated fully 
its nature, character and claims, so that 
the world may no longer be in doubt. 
Does any honest man require any argu- 
ment as to where the line should be 
drawn between the church and the 
lodge? 

Fear is expressed by some that the 
lodge will get control of the govern- 
ment in time! Has it not control of 
the government now? It is publicly 
stated by the press and in Masonic 
magazines that 75 per cent of Congress 
are Masons. It is well known that the 
state of Oregon in its late election was 
controlled by the Ku Klux Klan and 
the Masons, and in the East there 
seems to be a combination of Knights 
of Columbus and Masons ! 

The pre-eminent duty, as I see it, of 
the followers of Christ Jesus is to raise 
the standard of Christianity to the 
place where it belongs, and so make 
it utterly absurd for any who carry the 
mark of the secret order beast to lay 
any claim to brotherhood with Christ 
our Lord. 

What a grand thought it is that 
when the Lord's own time comes the 
lodge evil and all evils shall be de- 
stroyed by the brightness of His 
coming. 



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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answerea 


him: I 


spake 


openly 


to the 


world, 


and in 


secret 


have I 


said nothing. 


—Joh 


n 18:20 

- 






WARREN G. HARDING. 

When the tragic news of the Presi- 
dent's death was announced an atmos- 
phere of profound sorrow prevailed 
everywhere. 

From the time the funeral train left 
San Francisco until it reached Washing- 
ton, D. C, more than 4,000,000 people 
personally paid their last sad homage to 
the memory of one of the best loved men 
in history. Surely the nation paid fitting 
tribute to its dead chieftain. The solemn 
procession bearing the nation's dead lead- 
er was here and there interrupted by 
strains of music from his favorite hymns. 

Mr. Harding was a brilliant man. He 
was able to bring the "undeveloped ideal- 
ism" into action and make the people 
think of their own problems. 

With all the splendid characteristics 
that will be spoken of him in history, it 
will be said of him he was the peaceful 
President and created a quietude that 
will long live in the hearts of the people. 

We regret that the President was a 
Mason and belonged to other secret or- 
ders. It is not a good influence for the 
young men of the nation. Secret societies 
are not conducive to good government. 



I beseech you therefore, brethren, by 
the 'mercies of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto God, which is your reasonable serv- 
ice. And be not conformed to this world : 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of 
your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, 
will of God. 



The scout who sits around and waits 
for a chance to do a good turn will not 
put in a very busy day. It is the scout 
who goes out after his chances that gets 
them. 



JOHN CALVIN COOLIDGE. 

Through the death of the late President 
Harding, John Calvin Coolidge becomes 
the thirtieth President of the United 
States. He has less than two years to 
finish his term. We have not yet learned 
of his policies in administration. We be- 
lieve he is the right man under God to 
take the reins of the government. We 
should pray that we may have a quiet, 
peaceable government under his leader- 
ship. 

We do not know at this writing if he 
is a member of any secret order. All 
records show, as far as we have gone, 
that he is free from any secret order or 
lodge systems. A letter was sent to his 
secretary making inquiries along that line. 
Should we receive a letter to the same we 
will print same in the next number of the 
Cynosure. 

Recently a young man said, "If Cool- 
idge is not a Mason we will make him 
one very soon." He tried to tell me all 
the Presidents must be Masons in order 
to keep out the Catholics. "All Presi- 
dents were Masons," said he. But I 
learned later his reading in history was 
neglected. I shall be pleased to send him 
some literature giving him light on his- 
torical facts. 



Our readers will find some very inter- 
esting reading matter in this number. It 
will make good vacation reading matter. 
You will enjoy the article written by Mr. 
Harold Lundquist. His address was 
given to a number of ministers and others 
as well. Many of our ministers have 
trials and we feel they will get comfort 
out of the same. Take your Cynosure 
along with you and give it to some friend 
and we will send you another one. 



A lie is always the coward's way out 
of difficulty. 



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September, 1923. 



AN ADDRESS TO EARTHLY 
RULERS. 

Dr. Charles L. Stelzle. 
Humanity is staggered by the possibili- 
ties of another world war. Homes in 
every land over which the shadow of sac- 
rificial death still hovers, are saddened by 
the prospect of still further heartbreak 
and suffering. The people in these lands 
have already given millions of their sons 
in the belief that their supreme sacrifice 
would make the world safe for democ- 
racy, create a high idealism which would 
make the world a fairer place in which to 
live, and end war for all time. 

None of these hopes has been realized. 
Men hate each other as intensely as ever. 
Chaos reigns in every human relationship. 
Economic and political conditions have 
sunk to low levels. Nations have been 
guilty of promoting selfish and ignoble 
loyalties. 

Efforts have been made to avert the 
disaster which is inevitable if present 
tendencies continue. Every such method 
for adjusting these difficulties has failed. 
The time has come to try Christianity. 
It has never failed in any field when given 
a fair chance. And civilization is entitled 
to every opportunity to free itself from 
its present predicament. There is an in- 
escapable obligation on the part of every 
nation to make its contribution to con- 
summate this desired end, even at great 
sacrifice to itself. 

The nations of the world must depart 
from selfish individualism and inhuman 
isolation. They must unite in creating 
new standards based upon the teachings 
of Jesus. He must be acknowledged as 
the Supreme Arbiter in every national 
and international difficulty, and loyalty to 
Him must become the chief desire of the 
nations. 

It should be recognized that nations are 
accountable by the same Christian prin- 
ciples which apply to Christian men and 
women as individuals. There is no double 
standard of morality and ethics — one for 
men and another for nations. There is 
only one morality, one honor, one right- 
eousness. We believe that the State be- 
longs to God, and that He is the ultimate 
source of all civil political authority. 

We believe that the divine right of 
sovereignty and civil authority is vested 
in the nation, and that the nation is an 
intelligent moral entity which God holds 



responsible for the use of the sovereignty 
and authority which He has vested in it. 
We believe that God's judgments can 
be averted only by national repentance 
for sin and by national obedience to the 
laws of love and brotherhood and fair 
play, as taught by Jesus; and that such 
obedience will bring peace to the world, 
and a restoration of prosperity and happi- 
ness to all peoples. 

We further believe that civil rulers are 
His ministers as certainly as are the 
rulers of the Church, and that these rulers 
are directly and immediately responsible 
to Him for their official conduct. 

It is because nations and rulers have 
held themselves above all moral law, be- 
coming a law unto themselves, as far as 
their civil lives are concerned, that present 
day world conditions have become so 
chaotic. 

We, therefore, an assembly of 2,000 
Christian men and women, constituting 
the Christian Citizenship Conference, 
coming from many parts of the United 
States and representing many different 
nationalities and practically every Prot- 
estant ecclesiastical organization in this 
country, as well as officially representing 
the Governors of twelve sovereign states ; 
who have been in session at Winona Lake, 
Indiana, U. S. A., for the period of a 
week to discuss these problems, unite in 
asking the rulers of these United States 
and of the world to join in setting up the 
kingdom of God on earth, acknowledging 
Jesus Christ as Lord of lords and King 
hi kings, so that justice and happiness 
and brotherhood and peace may prevail 
throughout the whole world. — Christian 
Statesman. 



Whatever God will have us to do he 
will help us to do. 



Christ also loved the Church, and gave 
Himself for it; that He might sanctify 
and cleanse it' with the washing of water 
bv the Word, that He might present it 
to himself a glorious Church, not having 
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but 
that it should be holy and without blem- 
ish .... for we are members of His 
body, of His flesh, and of His bones 
This is a great mystery ; but I speak con- 
cerning Christ and the Church. 



September, 1923. 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



133 



TITLES WORTH WHILE. 
Man, Citizen, Father, Doer. 

It is said that Americans dearly love a 
lord. That may be true of the snobs 
among us but was never true of even a 
considerable proportion of Americans. 
The average American loves a lord only 
to the extent of the amusement he fur- 
nishes. When lords even as the dodo 
have passed away, Americans will not 
wear crepe on their sleeves or hatbands. 

It is true, however, that great multi- 
tudes of Americans dearly love titles. 
They prefer home-made ones, the sort 
manufactured in colleges and universities 
and such as are commonly bestowed on 
their officers by fraternal organizations. 
America is becoming filled to overflowing 
with • Most Exalted Thingmabobs and 
Mighty Potentates of the Most Ancient 
Order of Whangdoodles. Now these 
dear fellows get a lot of solid satisfaction 
out of these titles and out of all their tin- 
sel fripperies and gilt trappings. Many 
of their supposedly solemn bits of busi- 
ness are actually so funny they would 
make a sea cow chortle. 

"But," says George Matthew Adams, 
"some titles do count." "For instance, 
Bill Jones, MAN ; Jake Riis, CITIZEN ; 
Sam Smith, FATHER; Charlie Force, 
DOER ! No red tape and false exertion 
ever invented or bestowed such titles. . . . 
Real people create their own titles. Gen- 
uineness is not for sale or hire in the 
market-place. What you ARE is infinite- 
ly finer and more distinguished than any- 
thing somebody else is able to hand you. 
Honor is something that grows up from 
somewhere deep inside of you." 

— Selected. 



SEEKS RECEIVERSHIP FOR 
KU KLUX KLAN. 

(By the Associated Press.) 
Atlanta, May 31. — Receivership for the 
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was asked 
in a petition filed in the Fulton county 
superior court today by David M. Ritten- 
house and others of Philadelphia, who 
charged gross mismanagement to W. H. 
Evans, imperial wizard. 

The petition also charged that the im- 
perial wizard and W. J. Simmons, Klan 
emperor, entered into a collusion in set- 
tling the recent controversy involving 
control of the organization. 



NINETEEN STATES LEGISLATE 
AGAINST "FRATS." 

In our issue of April 11th we published 
a list of eighteen States that have legis- 
lated the High school fraternities out of 
legal existence. The latest list from the 
United States Bureau of Education adds 
Rhode Island to the number, making a 
total of nineteen States that have declared 
against the "frats." 

Speaking of the proposed action in 
New York State, Mr. W. S. Deffenbaugh, 
Chief of the City School Division of the 
United States Bureau of Education, de- 
clares : 

"The aim of the New York school au- 
thorities is to suppress any organization 
which seeks to organize and perpetuate 
itself by taking in students upon the basis 
of the decision of members of the organi- 
zation, rather than from the free choice 
of pupils otherwise qualified to belong to 
it. The problem of entirely eliminating 
High school fraternities is one difficult of 
solution. While there may be enough pub- 
lic sentiment in a State to enact a law pro- 
hibiting High school fraternities, there 
are always communities where the senti- 
ment is not strong enough to eliminate 
such organizations. Often parents can 
see no harm in their children belonging 
to these secret societies, so the first step 
toward abolishing them is to awaken par- 
ents to the fact that such organizations 
tend to make discipline difficult and to 
undermine that democratic spirit which 
the public school fosters. 

"The solution lies partly in co-operation 
between parent and teacher. If parents 
refuse to co-operate, drastic measures 
should not be wanting to prohibit students 
from being members of such an undemo- 
cratic organization as a High school fra- 
ternity. 

"The substitution of legitimate activi- 
ties has done much to help eradicate the 
High school fraternity, especially where 
the School Board rules that a member of 
a High school secret organization cannot 
take part in any school activity, such as 
athletics, debating, dramatics and the like. 
If such ruling is not made, all of these 
activities are usually dominated by the sel- 
fish interests of the fraternities, so that 
they do not act as a substitute but sim- 
ply give the fraternities greater opportu- 
nity to secure more honor for their mem- 
bers." 



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CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



September, 1923. 



THE MORMON CHURCH A SECRET 
SOCIETY. 

By William E. LaRue, Author of The 
Foundations of Mormonism. 

The Mormon Church is a great and 
growing secret society. This fact has not 
hitherto been emphasized to the extent 
which its importance demands. That a 
religious cult should spring up in Chris- 
tian America in the nineteenth century, 
and transform itself into a secret organi- 
zation, administering oats, obligations, 
and pronouncing penalties for their viola- 
tion, is a significant thing. 

Every tourist who visits Salt Lake City 
has his attention at once attracted by the 
sight of the great and imposing temple 
that has been an object of pride of the 
Mormon Church for many years. But 
the tourist cannot enter this temple. 
Why? Because it is a place for the prac- 
tice of all of the secrecies of the church. 
The door is closed to all except those who 
are tried and tested members of the 
Mormon fold. Within these mysterious 
walls things are going on which have to 
do with the binding of the devotees of 
the cult to the church by obligations and 
stated penalties which any one who had 
taken them would fear to violate. 

This element of secrecy came very 
early in the history of the Mormon 
Church. The first Mormon temple was 
built at Kirtland, Ohio. Here the founder 
of the cult, Joseph Smith, began the 
teaching of mysterious rites and ceremo- 
nies which have been enlarged to meet 
new conditions. Early Mormon history 
tells of all night meetings in this temple ; 
there were washings and anointings ; 
their bodies were perfumed ; there were 
prophecies and patriarchal blessings and 
curses upon the enemies of the church 
pronounced. In some of the Prophet 
Smith's early revelations pseudonymous 
names of places, things, and persons were 
employed in order to maintain secret pur- 
poses. 

When the Mormons moved to Missouri 
they soon met trouble on account of their 
peculiar doings. The Missourians mis- 
trusted them. Violent opposition to the 
Mormons took place. To meet this and 
to further the designs of the church, 
secret bands of Mormons were formed. 
These were popularly known as the 
Danites. Their business was to wreak 
vengeance upon the Gentiles and to put 



Mormon apostates out of the way. The 
Mormons, having been driven out of Mis- 
souri into Illinois, found a new oppor- 
tunity for the enlargement of their se- 
cret system. At Nauvoo, where they 
settled, during a very short space of time 
a great number of Mormons were ini- 
tiated into the Masonic Lodge. In this 
work the Prophet Smith was the prin- 
cipal leader. There being some irregu- 
larities, the Grand Lodge of the state 
sent its officers to make an investigation. 
This was refused. Whereupon the dis- 
pensation was revoked and the lodge de- 
clared clandestine. 

But the Mormon leaders did not quit 
with this occurrence. They proceeded to 
form what they declared was the true 
and ancient order, and the present form 
of secrecies is the outgrowth of it. It is 
noteworthy that about this time some of 
the most obnoxious doctrines of Mor- 
monism began to appear. These things 
were all done in a corner. Men began to 
seek spiritual affinities who would be their 
wives in eternity. This practice began in 
secret. The Prophet and his conferees 
began to teach in private the first lessons 
concerning polygamy. They instructed i 
the people how they might keep such mys- 
teries from the knowledge of the world. 
Finally the Prophet got a revelation 
which commanded polygamy. They in- 
structed the people how they might 
councils of the church. It was here that 
his program struck a snag. Some of the 
men in that council remembered that they 
were living in a Christian civilization, and 
they openly declared their opposition. 

Meanwhile the secrets were gradually 
leaking out, so that the people of Illinois 
were hearing curious things about these 
people. The whole thing was brought to 
an issue when some of the leaders of the 
church had the courage to come out and 
tell the truth. (See Nauvoo Expositor, 
June, 1844.) They published the facts 
about the revelation on polygamy that had 
been denied in all the solemn ways known 
to men, and when those facts were 
known the people acted. Joseph and Hy- 
rum Smith were shot to death because 
they taught polygamy in secret. It is of / 
vital interest to note in this connection S 
an extract from the message of Governor 
Ford, who was governor of Illinois dur- 
ing the time of the Mormon disturb- 



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135 



ances in that state. Under date of De- 
cember 17, 1844, he communicated to the 
Legislature as follows : 

"It was asserted that Joseph Smith, the 
founder and head of the Mormon 
Church, had caused himself to be crowned 
and anointed King of the Mormons ; that 
he had embodied a band of his followers, 
called Danites, who were sworn to obey 
him as God, and to do his commands, 
murder and treason not excepted ; that he 
had instituted an order in the Church, 
whereby those who composed it were pre- 
tended to be sealed up to eternal life, 
against all crime, save the shedding of in- 
nocent blood or consenting thereto. That 
this order was instructed, that no blood 
was innocent blood, except that of the 
members of the Church, and that these 
two orders were made the ministers of 
vengeance, and the instruments of an in- 
tolerable tyranny which he established 
over his people, and which he was about 
to extend over the neighboring country. 

"The people affected to believe, that 
with this power in the hands of an un- 
scrupulous leader, there was no safety for 
the lives or property of any one who 
\ should oppose him. 

"It was also believed that Joseph Smith 
had announced a revelation from heaven, 
sanctioning polygamy, by some kind of 
spiritual wife system which I never could 
understand; but at any rate, whereby a 
man was allowed one wife in pursuance 
of the laws of the country, and an indefi- 
nite number of others, to be enjoyed in 
some mystical and spiritual mode, and 
that he himself and many of his followers 
had practiced upon the precepts of this 
revelation by seducing a large number of 
women." (See Ford's History of Illinois, 
p. 325ff. ; also The Prophet, New York, 
Feb. 8, 1845.) 

At the time the Mormons alleged that 
all such accusations were but the outcrop- 
ping of the spirit of persecution. Many 
people wondered about these reports, but 
they could not know the exact truth. The 
reason was found in the fact of the op- 
eration of the secret system. In later 
time the Mormons openly acknowledged 
v what they had vehemently denied and 
/ thus fully justified every suspicion that 
was held against them. 

It was just at this time that new prac- 
tices were originating in Mormonism. 
Things were being done that were un- 



lawful to be declared openly. The Mor- 
mons would readily understand the sig- 
nificance of this poem while the world 
would not. The secrets were being re- 
vealed to the elect. 

About this time Smith gave a new 
translation of an ancient writing. He had 
bought some Egyptian mummies and on 
investigation found some funeral disks, 
some writings found with the mummies. 
These he pretended to translate by in- 
spiration. Thereby he showed himself 
a stupid ignoramus. He called his trans- 
lation The Book of Abraham. Many of 
his followers have balked at accepting it 
as divine. But an interesting fact con- 
cerning the matter is that he connected 
his translation with the secret practices 
that were to be a part of the temple serv- 
ice. He published a reproduction of the 
Egyptian characters and here are some of 
his comments : 

Figure 8. Contains writing that cannot 
be revealed unto the world ; but is to be 
had in the Holy Temple of God. 

Figure 9. Ought not to be revealed at 
the present time. 

Figure 10. Also. 

Figure 11. Also, — If the world can 
find out these numbers, so let it be. 
Amen. 

Figures 11-21. Will be given in the 
own due time of the Lord. The above 
translation is given as far as we have any 
right to give, at the present time. 

(Times and Seasons, March 15, 1842.) 

The ethics of Mormonism has always 
permitted its exponents to have one face 
to the world and another for themselves. 
It is because of this element of secrecy 
that the system has been difficult to in- 
terpret. One would never understand 
Mormonism by hearing Mormon mission- 
aries preach or by reading Mormon 
tracts. One might hear and read many 
good things from them. But the vital 
and significant things of Mormonism are 
conveyed secretly. It has been through 
the secret channels that the evils and ob- 
jectionable teachings of Mormonism have 
come. One might scrutinize, for exam- 
ple, The Islamic Review, and find many 
splendid declarations about the Moham- 
medan faith, but a much deeper probe 
would be necessary in order to under- 
stand Mohammedanism. The same is 
true of Mormonism. It has many good 
teachings which it has borrowed and ap- 



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September, 1923. 



propriated. However, when one looks 
into it deeply he will find it to be a secret 
system that has been founded and per- 
petuated upon falsehood. 

Some years ago the Salt Lake Tribune 
published the sworn testimony of per- 
sons who had gone through the secret 
service of the temple. According to this 
it takes nearly a whole day. The candi- 
date must prove that he is worthy by sub- 
mitting recommendations from bishops 
and other officers of the church. He is 
thoroughly washed and anointed with oil 
and dressed in garments specially de- 
signed for temple use. Then he witnesses 
a drama of the creation of the world, the 
Garden of Eden, the eating of the forbid- 
den fruit, all of which is acted out by 
officers of the church. Here an oath is 
taken as follows : 

"We and each of us solemnly bind our- 
selves that we will not reveal any of the 
secrets of the first token of the Aaronic 
priesthood, with its accompanying name, 
sign or penalty. Should I do so I agree 
that my throat may be cut from ear to 
ear and my tongue torn out by its roots." 

Grips and signs are then given. This is 
followed by a dialogue between the devil, 
Adam, and a company of preachers. This 
is intended to make light of the ordinary 
minister of the Gospel of the evangelical 
churches. This is followed byihe second 
oath: 

"We, and each of us, do solemnly 
promise and bind ourselves never to re- 
veal any of the secrets of this priesthood, 
with its accompanying name, sign, grip or 
penalty. Should we do so we agree that 
our breasts may be torn open, our hearts 
and vitals torn out and given to the birds 
of the air and beasts of the field." 

Then the candidates go into the Celes- 
tial Room where they are instructed, fol- 
lowing which a third oath is taken : 

"You, and each of you, do covenant 
and promise that you will never reveal 
any of the secrets of the priesthood, with 
its accompanying name, sign and penalty. 
Should you do so you agree that your 
body be cut asunder and all your bowles 
gush out." 

The candidates promise that they will 
devote their time, talent, and property to 
the upbuilding of the church, and that 
they will observe the "Law of Chastity." 
Then follows this obligation : 

"You, and each of you, covenant and 



agree that you will pray, and never cease 
to pray, Almighty God to avenge the 
blood of the prophets (Joseph and Hy- 
rum Smith) upon this nation; and that 
you wil teach the same unto your chil- 
dren unto the third and fourth genera- 
tion. All bow your heads and say yes." 

This is followed by the ceremony of 
passing "through the veil." Behind the 
veil is one called "Elohim," who imper- 
sonates God. He tests the candidate in 
the matter of grips and gives him new 
instruction "on the five points of fellow- 
ship." This is done by putting the can- 
didate in position through the veil, foot 
to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, 
hand to back, mouth to ear. After this 
''Elohim" makes known that the candidate 
may be admitted to his presence. There 
he is warmly welcomed. From behind 
the the veil the candidate may take the 
part of "Elohim" and welcome others as 
he has been received. 

The candidates next pass into "the 
handsomest room in the temple." It is 
described as having rich carpets, elegant 
fittings and upholstery. It is here in an 
adjoining room, called the Sealing Room, 
that marriages for eternity are celebrated. 
That is, if a man and woman are mar- 
ried according to the laws of the coun- 
try, they are now to be married to live 
together in eternity by these secret cere- 
monies. The candidates are finally in- 
vested with "endowment garments," 
which contain colored symbols inter- 
woven in the undergarments, which are 
never to be entirely removed from the 
body. When a change is necessary only 
a portion of the soiled garment is to be 
removed while the clean garment is being 
put on. Every orthodox Mormon wears 
such garments. 

Every few years witnesses the building 
of a new temple. These cost hundreds 
of thousands of dollars. The collection 
of funds is made possible through the 
great inflow from the keeping of the 
tithing law. One-tenth of all is claimed 
by the church. The original idea of Mor- 
monism was to build one temple, where 
Christ was to make His second appearing. 
But now there are several temples, located i 
at strategic points, one being recently 
erected in Canada and one in Hawaiian 
Islands. 

If any question should occur as to 
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temples is carried on at the present time, 
the answer comes in a recent communi- 
cation of the First Presidency. It says : 

"The Temples are kept in ordinance 
work continually and crowded with eager 
applicants to labor for the salvation of 
the living and the dead. Our young 
people are waking up to the deep impor- 
tance of celestial, that is eternal, matri- 
mony in contrast to the contract of 'Un- 
til death shall you part' (Christmas num- 
ber, Desert News, 1919). 

The labor for the dead referred to re- 
lates to the Mormon doctrine of baptism 
for the dead. Upon it being revealed to 
the prophets that some in the other world 
have accepted deliverance, some of the 
living may be baptized for them by proxy, 
and thus their salvation is accomplished. 
Baptism is essential to salvation, and is 
to be acceptably and validly performed 
only by the holy priesthood of the Mor- 
mon Church. 



tices be posted in three separate places 
in each of the seven wards of the city." — 
The Lafayette Courier. 



PASS ORDINANCE AGAINST 
MASKED PARADE 

A positive stand against the staging of 
a parade on the streets of Lafayette, Ind., 
by any masked organization was taken by 
the members of the city council Tuesday 
evening when an ordinance was passed 
prohibiting the wearing of masks, and fix- 
ing a penalty of not less than $10 nor 
more than $50 with costs of prosecution. 

The meeting was called at the instance 
of Mayor George R. Durgan and was 
held at 5 :10 o'clock. 

Mayor Durgan said he had been in- 
formed that people not living in Lafayette 
were planning to stage a parade in the 
city on Thursday night. "The time has 
come," said the mayor, "when we Protes- 
tants, and I am one of them, must take a 
stand for the preservation of law and or- 
der in Lafayette. We are a peaceful, law 
abiding community. Peace -and harmony 
prevail and I believe it is the desire of 
every good citizen that this condition 
continue. I have called you councilmen 
together to pass an ordinance that will 
make it possible for people who attempt 
to spread the virus of enmity to' be dealt 
with. This ordinance carries with it a 
penal enactment and I have been in- 
formed by the city attorney that in case 
of emergency, such as now exists, all 
that is necessary is for the mayor to 
make a public proclamation and that no- 



KNOWN AS "KID M'COY" BEFORE 
HIS CONVERSION. 

Othie Sackett, the Evangelist, seceder 
from Masonic and other secret orders, 
light weight champion, called at our office 
on August the 4th. He had been speak- 
ing in Monmouth before the United 
Presbyterian body there and was on his 
way to another Conference in Xenia, 
Ohio. He is surely a light bearer. A 
wealthy firm or possibly the head of the 
firm did support him in his evangelistic 
work but learned from the newspapers 
that Mr. Sackett spoke against the lodges, 
calling upon Christians to come out of 
them and be separate. His financial 
backer then wrote him that he didn't 
want him to do that any more, for you 
must remember that you are on our pay- 
roll. Evangelist wrote him at once that 
he was not on his payroll any longer, that 
he was off from it from that day on. He 
was asked to preach in a Methodist 
Church in Tacoma, Washington. He no- 
ticed the corner-stone was inscribed with 
a square and compass "as he has seen on 
many other Methodist corner-stones. 
There were so many lodge buttons mani- 
fest in the crowded church where 
he was to speak that he said he 
couldn't think of anything but the 
necessity of giving them the Scrip- 
ture on the importance of Christians 
keeping out of secret societies. The min- 
ister of the church hadn't anyhing to say 
when he finished, but a number of the 
congregation came up and said that is the 
best sermon we have had here for many 
a day. 

Mr. Sackett met a man one day with a 
Mason emblem on his coat lapel and said 
to him, "I see you're hooked up with the 
Devil." The man laughed and said that 
he was a Catholic some years back but his 
priest kept knocking the Masons and that 
was one thing he did not approve of. He 
finally decided to leave the Catholics and 
find out for himself just what there was 
in Masonry that was so terrible. He said 
to Mr. Sackett, "I'm up to the 32nd de- 
gree in Masonry, and it's all right, but so 
far I haven't found any light yet." 

He came into the office to especially 
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needed from time to time in dealing with 
certain Christians. 



SOME LUTHERANS ARE NOT OP- 
POSED TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
OR TO MASONRY. 

In looking over The Builder of last 
August I have come upon a statement on 
page 238 that needs replying to. It was 
made by Bro. Lewis E. Smith, writing as 
Grand Master of Nebraska, and stated 
the. following: 

"In our state the Lutherans and the 
Roman Catholic churches have joined 
hands, after fighting each other for four 
hundred years, and are carrying a case 
to the Supreme Court of the United 
States in an endeavor to invalidate our 
language law." 

Brother Smith does not say which Lu- 
therans he refers to. I am a Lutheran, 
but the church I belong to is not opposed 
to public schools, but endorses them. The 
Lutherans are divided on that question. 
If I am not mistaken, the Missouri Synod 
members are the only ones in favor of the 
language law. Our church teaches Sun- 
day School in the language of the land. 
Julius Hoga, Nebraska. 

Brother Smith has welcomed your cor- 
rection, Bro. Hoga, as do we. You might 
have added that there are many Lutheran 
churches that are not opposed to Free- 
masonry, either. We have in our files 
letters from Missouri Masons who are 
members of the Lutheran fellowship. 
There is no reason under the blue skies 
why any great church should oppose 
Freemasonry, which is the friend and 
aider of all who would live the spiritual 
life. 

I know of no church or church body 
in this country which opposes public 
schools. There are no Lutherans that 
do ! When Mr. Hoga cites opposition to 
a 'language law, which is contrary to the 
Constitution of the United States of 
America, as being opposition to the pub- 
lic schools, he is making a serious blun- 
der. Not only the Missouri Synod is in 
favor of parochial schools, but also the 
Ohio Synod, of which the writer is a 
member. We want and demand the 
right to have our own church schools for 
the purpose of bringing our children to 
a youthful and early knowledge of God 



and His way ; for we realize that without 
religion there can be no true morality. 
Furthermore, we teach them all the 
branches that are considered necessary 
by the state. If the public schools turn 
out useful citizens, then our products are 
doubly useful and better citizens, in that 
they have in addition to their secular 
training a religious training which makes 
them honest and God-fearing; and the 
honest and God-fearing citizen is the best 
citizen, as the most prominent educators 
of the country will admit. 

Although we do thus demand the right 
as citizens of giving our children a re- 
ligious education, yet we do not oppose 
the public schools ; for in addition to sup- 
porting their own schools, the members 
of our churches cheerfully and without 
question pay their taxes for the support 
of the public schools. And if any of our 
members prefer to send their children to 
the public school, they are at perfect lib- 
erty to do so. So much for the charge 
that we are opposed to the public school. 

There are, sad to say, many Lutheran 
churches which do not oppose Masonry, 
also, to my knowledge, one large Lutheran 
Synod. That Synod is the United Lu- / 
theran Church. But even there one finds 
among individuals, and we thank God for 
it, a determined opposition to the evil of 
Secretism, although the body as a whole 
has not openly come out as foes of this 
evil. But our Synod (the Ohio) as well 
as the Missouri Synod, and many others, 
have taken a stand against the lodge in 
their Synodical platform, although among 
these, too, we find some individuals who 
fail in their duty to church, Synod, and 
God. The fact that there are many Lu- 
therans in the State of Missouri who are 
Masons does not say that these Luther- 
ans belong to the Missouri Synod. For 
all the Lutherans in Missouri are not 
members of Hie Missouri Synod, nor are 
all members of the Missouri Synod con- 
fined to that State. It would be well if 
the editor of the Masonic paper above 
quoted would inform himself of a few 
facts in regard to Lutheranism before he 
attempts to write about them. 

The closing statement of the clipping 
is, as all who realize the workings of the I 
"secret empire" know, an arrogant and 
presumptuous boast, and still to be 
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to be such on the pages of this worthy 
paper. 

Rev. Gerhard H. Doermann, 

Blue Island, Illinois. 



DECENCY IN DRESS. 

I Tim. 2:9. Esther 1 : 12. 

"Normalcy" has extended to woman's 
dress. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 
Railroad, through its woman's welfare 
service, aims to check the reckless pace 
of fashions as followed by the working 
girl. So it has decreed : 

No more peek-a-boo waists. 

Skirts shall be a modest length. 

No more rolled hose, sheer hose, or 
scrolled hose. 

Business dress for business. 

No more rouge and very little powder. 

The dress worn by the 3,000 young 
women employes throughout the system 
was becoming embarrassing to the work- 
ing morale, the road's officials say. — Chi- 
cago Tribune. 



ACCEPT THE INVITATION. 

The foreman of a certain works in the 
north had often heard the Gospel, but he 
was troubled with the fear that he might 
not come to Christ. His good master one 
day sent a card round to the works : 
"Come to my house immediately after 
work." The foreman appeared at his 
master's door, and the master came out 
and said somewhat roughly: "What do 
you want, John, troubling me at this 
time? Work is done, what right have 
you here?" "Sir," said he, "I had a card 
from you saying that I was to come after 
work." "Do you mean to say that merely 
because you had a card from me you are 
to come up to my house and call me out 
after business hours?" "Well, sir," re- 
plied the foreman, "I do not understand 
you, but it seems to me that, as you sent 
for me, I had a right to come." "Come 
in, John," said his master, "I have an- 
other message that I want to read to 
you," and he sat down and read these 
words : " 'Come unto me, all ye that labor, 
and are heavy laden, and I will give you 
rest.' Do you think that after such a 
message from Christ that you can be 
wrong in going to Him?" The poor man 
saw it all at once, and believed, because 
he saw that he had good warrant and 
authority for believing. — C. H. Spurgeon. 



MAKE JESUS KING. 

When Queen Victoria had just ascend- 
ed her throne she went, as is the custom 
of royalty, to hear "The Messiah" ren- 
dered. She had been instructed as to her 
conduct by those who knew, and was told 
that she must not rise with the others at 
the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. 
When that magnificent chorus was being 
sung and the singers were shouting "Hal- 
lelujah ! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! for the 
Lord God omnipotent reigneth," she sat 
with great difficulty. It seemed as if she 
would rise in spite of the custom of kings 
and queens, but finally when she came to 
that part of the chorus where with a shout 
they proclaim Him king of kings, sudden- 
ly the young queen rose and stood with 
bowed head, as if she would take her own 
crown from off her head and cast it at 
His feet. Let us make Him king and 
every day be loyal to Him. This is the 
secret of peace. — J. Wilbur Chapman, 
D. D. 



COST OF SALVATION. 

"Mamma," said a little child to her 
mother when she was being put to bed at 
night — "Mamma, what makes your hand 
so scarred and twisted and unlike other 
people's hands ?" "Well," said the mother, 
"my child, when you were younger than 
you are now, years ago, one night, after 
I had put you to bed, I heard a cry, a 
shriek, upstairs. I came up, and found 
the bed was on fire, and I took hold of 
you, and I tore off the burning garments, 
and while I was tearing them off and try- 
ing to get you away I burned my hand, 
and it has been scarred and twisted ever 
since, and hardly looks any more like a 
hand, but I got that, my child, in trying 
to save you." I wish today I could show 
you the burned hand of Christ, burned in 
plucking you out of the fire; burned in 
snatching you away from the flame. Aye, 
also the burned foot, and the burned 
brow, and the burned heart — burned for 
you. "By His stripes we are healed." — T. 



CHRIST THE ONLY WAY. 

A man recently gave directions to an- 
other who stopped to ask him the way to 
a certain street. "That's the best way, is 
it?" asked the inquirer, a little doubtfully. 
"It is the only way," was the quick an- 
swer. "The other road will lead you back 
where you started." 



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MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served. — Editor.] 



The letters referred to from Rev. J. 
G. Fee, Hon. Charles Francis Adams, 
son of Pres. J. Q. Adams, and our min- 
ister to England, also from Wendell Phil- 
lips, Esq., are as follows : 

"Berea, Ky., March 17, 1880. 
"Rev. H. T. Cheever, Worcester, Mass. 

"Dear Bro. — I have your card of in- 
vitation to attend the annual convention 
of those men and women who wish to 
protest against secret, oath-bound affili- 
ated societies. Pressure of duties here, 
together with distance, will prevent my 
presence with you in body ; but my spirit, 
my heart is with you in all such efforts 
against associations so un-Christian, in- 
humane and unpatriotic. Un-Christian, 
because the opposite of that which seeks 
the light and the manifestation of light. 
Inhumane, because they reject the objects 
of mercy, those who have no visible 
means of support.' Unpatriotic, because 
they are contrary to the republican insti- 
tutions of our country, subversive of jus- 
tice, and the hot-bed of those secret clans 
that breed anarchy and misrule in the 
South and North — the former more espe- 
cially. Every lover of a safe government 
and open-handed justice ought to raise 
his voice against such. 

"May our blessed Lord, who said, 'I 
ever spake openly in the temple, and in 
secret have I said nothing,' be with you, 
your light and your helper. 

"John G. Fee." 

"Boston, March 18, 1880. 
"Rev. J. P. Stoddard, 

"My Dear Sir : — I sympathize with 
you entirely and deeply in your movement 
against secret societies. A secret society 
is wholly out of place under democratic 
institutions. Every secret society, so far 
as it is widespread and influential, threat- 
ens the purity and existence of such insti- 



tutions, and warps them to private ends 
and class supremacy. Secret societies pre- 
vent the impartial execution of the laws 
and obstruct the necessary and wholesome 
action of political parties. The judge on 
the bench, the juryman in the box, and 
all the machinery of politics feel the 
tyranny of secret societies. No judge, 
and no executive officer, especially in a 
Republic, can with any self-respect be a 
member of a secret society. He lays him- 
self open to suspicion, subjects himself to 
dangerous temptation, and sets an evil 
example. 

"These, are general principles. As 
to the Freemasons, our most influential 
and dangerous secret society, I look upon 
their claim to antiquity as childish non- 
sense, and likely to mislead only the gross- 
ly ignorant. Their claim to be a charit- 
able organization rests on the flimsiest 
and most insignificant foundations ; while 
every fair man sees their hypocrisy in 
pretending to be a Christian body. Every 
Freemason swears to break the law, com- 
mit the greatest crimes, and repudiate 
Christianity. History shows them per- 
verting justice, stopping at no crime to 
protect and conceal their mummeries ; 
controlling politics for selfish and per- 
sonal ends, and interfering, with great 
danger, in national emergencies. Every 
good citizen should make war on all 
secret societies, and give himself no rest 
until they are forbidden by law and root- 
ed out of existence. Cordially yours, 

"Wendell Phillips/' 



"Boston, March 23, 1880. 
"/. P. Stoddard, Esq., Secretary, 
N. C. Association. 
"My Dear Sir : — I beg to acknowledge 
the reception of your letter in which you 
again call my attention to what I consider 
the most extraordinary and fearful event 



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which has marked the history of the 
present century. I mean the sudden and 
forcible making away with William Mor- 
gan, a citizen of New York, by a band of 
his fellow citizens, and disposing of him 
where he never has been heard of again 
— and this crime done for no assignable 
cause except that he was a Freemason, 
bound by oaths which required profound 
secrecy as a condition of existence, and 
the sacrifice of life if he betrayed a 
word. Morgan was a Freemason, and 
yet he was bold enough to contemplate 
a publication of the concealed ceremonies 
and obligations of the lodge, the conse- 
quence of which was that he and his 
secrets were buried in a stream from 
which neither he nor his papers ever 
emerged. 

"I do not propose to follow up the 
narrative. It is enough to say that an 
innocent man was made away with; but, 
though the evidence so far as it was 
opened to the public, clearly pointed to 
many of the associates, no human power 
has been efficient enough to draw out 
from it any confession of guilt or regret 
for the offense. 

"Yet, though this monstrous crime was 
accomplished in safety by the actors in 
it, the recollection of those fearful events 
still continues, and will never be effaced 
from the records of the nation. This 
assembly, to which you invite me, is of 
itself a standing proof of the degree of 
interest yet attached to the fearful mem- 
ory of the offense committed half a cen- 
tury ago. 

"Not a great while since it was my 
fortune to receive an application from 
many elderly persons, still remembering 
the crime and exposition of it by my 
father, who applied to me to consent to a 
republication of his papers touching the 
matter, as well as to prefix a preface to 
the volume, to which I cheerfully as- 
sented. And now that thirty-nine years 
have passed, and you call upon me once 
more to fix in the minds of a new gen- 
eration the fearful memory of the great 
crime, I very humbly pray to contribute 
this my mite, in order to preserve us 
against pitfalls, and to deter for all fu- 
ture time from any similar enterprises, 
in the hope of preserving them, from the 
eyes of the world through the obligations 
of a solemn oath. 



"Lastly, it is well that the memory of 
this exceptional digression from the laws 
of justice and of truth be from time to 
time renewed, as on this occasion, to es- 
tablish a permanent safeguard against the 
danger of yielding in any case to the in- 
fluence of self-created combinations, how- 
ever specious they may appear. Very 
truly yours, 

"Charles Francis Adams." 



The concluding part of the Music Hall 
meeting is thus described by the editor 
of the Cynosure : 

"The degree was closed, but no one 
would have known it but for the break- 
ing up of the lodge. The Hiramites were 
not through with their part, and the con- 
fusion did not slacken. Father Greene, 
who occupied a seat on the stage, arose to 
his feet and attempted to speak, — but 
there was no more respect for ninety- 
three years than for thirty. 

"After a long and vigorous effort the 
police drove the hooting crowd from the 
hall, and formed an escort for the dele- 
gates to their hotel. The mob was wait- 
ing at the main entrance on Winter street. 
The escort led the delegates by the rear, 
upon Tremont. 'This beats the anti- 
slavery times,' remarked one officer to 
another, as they passed into the street. 
Had they been a few minutes later, there 
would have been no doubt of it. The 
Masons in a large body came around to 
Tremont street, to find the objects of 
their insults escaped. Father Greene, 
with one or two friends, was yet there 
waiting for a car. One of the villains 
aimed a blow at him which fell severely 
on his left shoulder, and a lady who was 
with him was well spattered with eggs. 
He called for a policeman, and was heard 
and protected till on board a car. The 
mob followed on to the Crawford House, 
and Brethren Britten and Gillespie re- 
ceived, all the way from the hotel to 
Chambers street, Masonic insults and 
eggs. They escaped most of the unpleas- 
ant missiles, the cowardly mob hanging 
well back, except in the darkest streets. 

"In spite of the Masonic uproar, every 
friend of the reform realized that a great 
victory had been gained, and that, through 
the interposing hand of God, the wrath 
of these Freemasons would be made to 
honor him and establish his truth." 



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There was an after-meeting held in 
Chambers Street Church, in which Rev. 
Joseph Cook was heard from, who said 
to Mr. Stoddard : "You may say publicly 
and privately, on the platform or any- 
where, I am opposed to all secret so- 
cieties." 

It should be added that during the 
same spring of 1880, in the city of Bos- 
ton, the "Cradle of American Liberty," in 
the Chambers Street Covenanter Church, 
a Masonic mob broke up a meeting in 
which Elder Rathbun and others were 
working the degrees ; psalm books and a 
variety of missiles were hurled at the 
speakers. 

Next to be considered, though occur- 
ring at an earlier date, is the outbreak of 
violence at Marshalltown, Iowa, on the 
11th and 12th of September, 1877. The 
State Christian Association, opposed to 
secret societies, met on the 10th, and Mr. 
Edmund Ronayne illustrated the first de- 
gree of Masonry before a large and at- 
tentive audience. On the evening of the 
11th the Fellow-craft's degree was to be 
exemplified. What transpired is thus de- 
scribed by Rev. J. P. Stoddard, the Gen- 
eral Agent of the N. C. A. : 

"The citizens testified to their apprecia- 
tion of Brother R.'s first effort by filling 
the hall at an early hour to witness the 
work of the second degree of Masonry. 

"As on the previous evening, the exer- 
cises were opened with prayer, and 
Brother R. took the stand and began his 
introductory remarks, when a band which 
had been playing a little distance up the 
street, took a position outside the hall, 
and opened a windy blast which greatly 
annoyed the meeting, but no particular 
attention was given to it, and the speaker 
proceeded. Finding that they were 'wast- 
ing their sweetness' to little purpose at 
long range, they advanced to the foot of 
the stairs directly under the windows at 
the rear of the stage, and the contest be- 
gan in earnest. On the one side was a 
single individual, leaning upon the Strong 
Arm, with the 'sword of the Spirit' in his 
hand, and on the other ten or a dozen 
musicians, armed with fife, drum and 
brazen horns, who had been hired and 
paid, with lodge money, to break up the 
meeting. The contest was spirited, and. 
as the speaker rose in the fervor and re- 
sistless might with which he was girded 



it became apparent that he was more than 
a match for his opponents. But the devil 
(or his disciples) had staked heavily on 
the game, and as defeat seemed imminent 
other expedients must be tried. Just op- 
posite the hall windows, across a ten-foot 
alley, was a billiard-room, whose large 
windows furnished a convenient 'pass' for 
a flank movement, and hither a part of 
these 'noble sons' of Iowa and 'hirelings' 
of the craft took position. 

."And now came what sportsmen call 
the 'home stretch.' All the gas and wind , 
of that gusty region seemed concentrated 
for a decisive bellow ; and while from the 
front and rear came a perfect blizzard, 
hurled with that desperation which seizes 
men bent on 'victory or death,' accom- 
plices were rattling at the doors and cry- 
ing 'Fire ! Fire !' until it was utterly im- 
possible to distinguish aught amid the 
confusion of sounds. 

"Both audience and speaker deserve 
great credit, and especially the ladies, for 
the manner in which they received this 
desperate charge. Not a soldier broke 
ranks. Appearances indicated that the 
'hirelings' were being strongly reinforced 
and set on by the 'secret benevolent and / 
patriotic orders,' and as the city fathers 
were either asleep or dead or held back 
by the 'strong grip of the lion's paw' on 
the throat of the mayor and marshal, and 
as the State of Iowa had no officials in 
those parts who were willing, or who 
dared or did appear to vindicate her laws, 
it was deemed best to adjourn the meet- 
ing until the next day at two o'clock, 
which was accordingly done, amid much 
confusion. I requested the rioters to de- 
sist for a few moments, and allow us to 
close with a word of prayer and the bene- 
diction, as our gathering was a religious 
meeting; but even this pittance was de- 
nied by the 'ancient and honorable 
order'." 

On an appeal being made to the mayor 
of the city, a proclamation was issued for- 
bidding all interference with the meetings, 
and instructing the officers of the law to 
keep order. Nevertheless, on the follow- 
ing evening when the meeting was as- 
sembled, to witness the working of the 
third degree, suddenly the congregation 
were in perfect darkness. There was no 
gas in the burners ; but lamps were soon 
procured, and the meeting went on and 



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was concluded without further difficulty. 
The cause of this mysterious darkness is 
thus described by Mr. Stoddard : 

"But few persons, on leaving the hall 
that night, realized from what imminent 
peril they had so narrowly escaped ; and 
not until the following day was it gen- 
erally known. An examination revealed 
the fact that some party unknown had 
crawled in at a cellar window, and had 
dug down some two feet to the main gas 
pipe, and, removing a plug, had allowed 
the gas to escape as rapidly as it would 
rush out of a hole one inch in diameter. 
Of course the cellar was very soon filled 
with the escaping gas, and had any one 
entered it with a light to search for the 
difficulty, a fearful explosion must have 
followed. The building, if not blown up, 
must have burned, and many of its oc- 
cupants have perished in the flames. Had 
those present realized the danger at the 
time, as they do now, it would have hard- 
ly been possible to prevent a stampede, in 
which not a few would have been injured 
or killed; but by a merciful Providence 
all escaped. But no thanks to the lodge 
or its hired emissaries, who were ready 
to use any means, as it appears, however 
foul, to defeat the object of the meeting 
and suppress the freedom of speech in 
Marshalltown." 

Time would fail to tell of many riotous 
proceedings of a similar character. 

At Streator, 111., a hall was hired and 
paid for in advance, and the protection 
of the authorities invoked ; but the crowd- 
ed assembly were constantly annoyed by 
a howling mob, who made it impossible 
that anything could be heard, and who 
hurled a shower of decayed eggs from 
the gallery to the rear of the hall, greatly 
damaging the building and fixtures. When 
the officers of the law were called on to 
arrest the rioters they arrested those who 
made the complaint and protected the 
violators of the law. The writer had his 
stand of books forcibly taken away, and 
could not recover them. The meeting for 
the next evening was prevented by threats 
of violence, the refusal of the authorities 
to promise protection, and the refusal of 
the owners of the hall to allow it to be 
used unless security were guaranteed. 

At Delavan, Wis., the large meeting in 
a hired hall was interrupted by showers 
of eggs, cayenne pepper, and broken glass. 
A large billet of wood was thrown 



through the window, and the speakers 
were assaulted with stones and eggs when 
they retired. 

In these instances, both of which were 
witnessed by the writer, the Masonic in- 
stigators were prosecuted but escaped all 
punishment, the prosecutors alone being 
the sufferers. 

A.t Spencerville, Ind., Rev. James P. 
Stoddard was, after a lecture, pursued by 
a mob ; a blow was aimed at his head, 
which knocked off his hat, and it was not 
recovered. He and his friends fled in the 
darkness into a cornfield, where they were 
obliged to remain for hours to escape 
Masonic fury. 

At Waupun, Wis., during a meeting of 
the Wisconsin State Association, and 
while Mr. Ronayne was illustrating the 
Entered Apprentice degree of Masonry, 
the outer door was fastened and large 
stones were thrown through the windows 
amidst the large congregation. 

At Chillicothe, Mo., after a meeting of 
the Missouri State Association, which had 
been largely attended and harmonious, the 
two leading workers, Mr. George W. 
Needels, an honored citizen of Gentry 
county, Mo., and Rev. J. P. Stoddard 
were waylaid. Shots were fired, and they 
were covered with eggs. 

At Avalon, Mo., at a meeting of the 
State Association, the same arguments of 
shots and eggs were used; only the eggs 
failed to reach their mark. 

After a lecture in Green county, 111., 
the writer was greeted with a shower of 
eggs, with only partial effect. 

Mr. C. A. Blanchard, now president of 
Wheaton College, was, at Vineland, N. 
J., only saved from violence by the inter- 
position of friends ; and at Ithaca, N. Y., 
where he lectured on "Who Killed Morti- 
mer Leggett?" (who had fallen victim to 
an initiation into a secret society), he was 
hooted down by students and had to can- 
cel his engagement. 

At Humboldt, Nebraska, Rev. James 
P. Stoddard and Elder Rufus Smith were 
engaged in reform work. On their return 
from an evening lecture they were way- 
laid by a mob, whose hatred was inspired 
by both Masonry and whisky. What took 
place is thus described by Elder Smith: 
"The first any of us knew an egg 
struck me on the side of my head, nearly 
knocking me down. Then .the eggs came 
thicker and fasten, Jikth^gtwM? and Brother 



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Stoddard many times, and their rotten 
contents flying over the ladies." 

Rev. D. A. Richards, a Wesleyan min- 
ister, lectured in Hollister, California, 
March 2 and 3, 1882. The lectures were 
characterized by great mildness. On his 
way home he and his associates were 
pelted with eggs and stones. 

None of our speakers has been milder 
or gentler in spirit than Brother S. E. 
Starry, of Clarence, Iowa, but he had, 
when he became a Christian, renounced 
Masonry, and was expert in illustrating 
its absurdities and wickedness. How he 
was treated in one instance is thus de- 
scribed by Rev. M. A. Gault, agent of the 
National Reform Association, and Rev. 
P. S. Feemster, of the N. C. A. : 

"On September 26, 1883, I attended the 
Annual State Convention of the Chris- 
tian Association of Kansas, held in the 
Senate Chamber at Topeka; Rev. J. Col- 
lins, D. D., now of Philadelphia, presided. 
The closing scene of this convention was 
the most exciting I ever witnessed. S. E. 
Starry, a seceding Mason from Clarence, 
Iowa, assisted by Secretary Stoddard and 
a number of others, worked the third de- 
gree before an audience filling the Senate 
Chamber, when a number of infuriated 
Masons surrounded the lecturers, hurling 
upon them the most abusive epithets and 
threatening every moment to precipitate a 
general riot. This excitement continued 
for nearly an hour, but finally subsided 
and the convention adjourned." 



Be ye not unequally yoked together 
with unbelievers : for what fellowship 
hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? 
and what communion hath light with dark- 
ness ? and what concord hath Christ with 
Belial? or what part hath he that be- 
lieveth with an infidel? and what agree- 
ment hath the temple of God with idols? 
for ye are the temple of the living God : 
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, 
and walk in them ; and I will be their 
God, and they shall be my people. 
Wherefore come out from among them, 
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and 
touch not the unclean thing ; and I will 
receive you, and will be a Father unto 
you, and ye shall be my sons and daugh- 
ers, saith the Lord Almighty. 



ESTABLISHMENT OF A "COLLEGE" 
LODGE. 

The institution of the Richard C. Mac- 
laurin Lodge, A. F. & A. M., took place 
on the evening of December 15, under the 
direction of the Deputy Grand Master of 
the Second Masonic District, Guy H. 
Holliday, at Odd Fellows Hall, Central 
Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Professor Frank Vogel, in charge of 
the Department of Modern Languages, 
was appointed Master and will be assisted 
by Professors Vannevar Bush and W. 
H. Timbie of the Electrical Engineering 
Department. They will be assisted by 
some of the student members of the Tech- 
nology Masonic Club. Major R. H. Pen- 
dleton and Captain H. F. Clark of the 
Military Science Department were ap- 
pointed treasurer and secretary respec- 
tively. 

This is the first Masonic lodge to be in- 
stituted in any educational institution in 
this country and, as far as known, it is 
the first of its kind in the world. The 
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has 
granted its approval of the request of the 
Technology Masonic Club to confer the 
first three degrees of Freemasonry upon 
the alumni members of the faculty and / 
students who may be elected to receive 
these degrees. 

The lodge has been named after the 
late president of the Institute, Richard C 
Maclaurin, who was a past Master of his 
lodge in New Zealand. — The Technology 
Review, Massachusetts. , 



Garden Grove, Cal, July 7, 1923. 
National Christian Association. 
My dear Sir : 

I received the July number of the 
Cynosure, but failed to get the June 
number. 

It is nearly 50 years since I saw the 
Cynosure and it does me good to read 
it. I am an old Wesleyan Methodist, 84 
years old in November. I am sorry to 
ask you to drop my name from the list of 
your subscribers, on account of not hav- 
ing any income and no home of my own. 
I am living with my daughter and family. 
Yours with much regret, 

J. R. Sherwood. 



Those who prefer the service of sin 
must be satisfied with the wages of sin. 



We do not know how cheap and how 
fruitful the seeds of happiness are, or we 
would scatter them oftener. 



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OPINION OF REV. JOSEPH COOK. 

(Concluded.) 
Half a century later Rev. Joseph Cook, 
the distinguished lecturer, expressing sub- 
stantially the same opinions, spoke as 
follows : Of all I wish to say of secret 
societies, this is the sum : Secret oaths — 

( 1 ) Can be shown, historically, to have 
led to crime ; 

(2) Are natural sources of jealousy 
and just alarm to society at large; 

(3) Are especially unfavorable to har- 
mony and mutual confidence among men 
living together under popular institutions ; 

(4) Are dangerous to the general 
cause of civil liberty and just govern- 
ment; 

(5) Are condemned by the severe de- 
nunciations of many of the wisest states- 
men, preachers and reformers ; 

(6) Are opposed to Christian princi- 
ples, especially to those implied in these 
three texts : "In secret have I said noth- 
ing" ; "Be ye not unequally yoked to- 
gether with unbelievers" ; "Give no 
offence in anything, that the ministry be 
not blamed" ; 

(7) Are forbidden in some portions of 
our republic by the civil law, and ought to 

i) be in all portions. 

Prof. Burt G. Wilder, Cornell Univer- 
sity, Ithaca, N. Y., said : "I am willing to 
hazard my position upon the truth to the 
proposition that secret societies are un- 
known in heaven, but that they form a 
prominent and essential feature of life in 
the other locality. Light versus dark- 
ness ; openness versus mystery ; mutual 
confidence versus suspicion and distrust." 

J. H. Fairchild, for many years the 
honored and successful president of Ob- 
erlin College, gives his opinion in these 
words : "The very idea of a secret com- 
bination implies a barbarous age, or a 
state of social anarchy in which such 
. arrangements are necessary for safety. 
There is no place for them in a Christian 
civilization." 

When Benjamin Franklin's brother 
asked his advice about joining the 
Masons, he replied : "One fool in the 
family is enough." 

Need of Mutual Confidence Between the 
y Citizens of a State. 

We have seen that men are pre- 
eminently social beings, driven to com- 
bine by the necessity of their circum- 



stances and drawn to unite in various 
forms of associations by their inborn 
longings for fellowship. There is, how- 
ever, one essential element without which 
no combination can be permanently suc- 
cessful. It is mutual confidence, which 
may be called the cement of society. 
Whatever creates distrust, in so far tends 
to weaken the bonds that bind men to- 
gether and enable them to work together 
for the attainment of common purposes. 

When any considerable number of the 
members of any association combine in 
secret, hold meetings, and arrange plans 
in which the rest of the society are not 
allowed to participate, there is inevitably 
and rightfully a feeling of disgust 
aroused among those so excluded. It is 
but natural to inquire why the meetings 
are secret, what is the purpose of the 
plans thus prepared in secret, and, if the 
members of the secret clique are not in- 
tending to gain some unfair advantage, 
what need of any secrecy at all ? 

These questions cannot be silenced by 
saying that the secret gatherings are sole- 
ly for the purposes of good-fellowship 
and mutual help in fair and honorable 
ways, to which no one else could rightly 
object, because it is apparent that all these 
objects can be attained and are attained 
by open associations. 

Secrecy Not Necessary for Any Legitimate 
Purpose. 

Nor is it a satisfactory reason for sec- 
recy to say that the initiations, pass 
words, grips, etc., are of advantage in 
preventing unworthy persons of such so- 
cieties, because it is notorious that they 
do not have any such effect. In fact, a 
comparison of the membership of secret 
societies having similar professed objects, 
would suggest that just the opposite re- 
sult is produced. 

Human nature being what it is, the 
very fact that the doings of any organiza- 
tion are under the shield of secrecy 
creates a constant temptation for design- 
ing persons to gain control in order that 
they may use such societies for wrong 
purposes, and however benevolent and 
praiseworthy the intentions of their 
founders, and however much good they 
may accomplish for a time, they are sure 
ultimately to become the tools of self- 
seeking scoundrels. 

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more influential in establishing the prin- 
ciples upon which the Supreme Court of 
the United States acts than any other 
man, and who was himself a Free Mason, 
said: "The institution of Masonry ought 
to be abandoned as one capable of pro- 
ducing much evil, and incapable of pro- 
ducing any good which might not be 
effected by safe and open means." 

Wendell Phillips made the more com- 
prehensive statement that "Secret socie- 
ties are needless for any good purpose 
and may be used for any bad one." 

Christ gave us the fundamental reason 
for the evils of secrecy when He said, 
"Men loved darkness rather than light, 
because their deeds were evil. For every 
one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither 
cometh to the light lest his deeds should 
be reproved. But he that doeth truth 
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be 
made manifest that they are wrought in 
God." 



HIGH TWELVE CLUBS. 

National Body Is Formed and Constitu- 
tion Adopted. 

Some two or three years ago a group 
of Masons in Sioux City, la., formed a 
local organization under -the title of the 
"High Twelve Club." Its purpose was 
to allow brothers to come together each 
week at the luncheon hour to become 
better acquainted and to discuss matters 
of business or public importance. It fol- 
lowed closely after the plans of the 
luncheon clubs — Rotary, Kiwanis and 
others. The example was followed and 
other clubs having the same name and 
like purposes were soon formed. Now, 
as happens with fairly successful organ- 
izations, it has formed a national body, 
under official title of "The National High 
Twelve Club." The first meeting of the 
new body has been held at Kansas City 
and an attorney of that city has been 
chosen as the first president. — Trestle 
Board, August, 1923. 

Compare the "High Twelve Club" with 
the "Twelve Apostles." The first are but 
for fun and selfish interest and the latter 
for the Kingdom of God. The first for 
feasting and the latter went out fasting. 
The first neglect the Christ of God and 
the latter died for Him. Where the 
treasure is there the heart can be found. — 
A. H. L. 



The Literary Digest asked the question, 
"Is there no one to preach the word with 
authority?" 

There is a feeling among the leaders of 
all walks of life that there is an oncoming 
crisis. Just what they mean by that we 
do not know. But reading our exchanges 
it crops out in different articles. 

We know there is an unrest in the 
political world. International problems 
are not yet solved. Chaos reigns in every 
human relationship. We had hoped the 
late President Harding would bring us 
relief but God saw otherwise. No one 
has spoken with authority. 

The commercial world is divided. The 
laboring class is being crushed by oppres- 
sion and poverty, while wealth, on the 
other hand, is being accumulated by the 
few. No voice has spoken with authority. 

The social world has failed, as evi- 
denced by the family altar abandoned, the 
increase of the divorce evil, and the dis- 
respect for government. 

What shall we say of the religious 
world ! Viewed, however, from the 
Scripture, it does reveal an oncoming 
crisis. Some ministers have invited diffi- 
culty by abandoning the doctrines of the j 
word and allowing the unchurchly to dis- 
cover they have surrendered the faith of 
their fathers. Their gospel is an ethical 
gospel. We need a prophet's pulpit where 
the eternal verities of God's imperishable 
truths are preached with conviction and 
inspiration. The prophet of God must 
speak with authority on the evils of the 
lodge and her works of darkness. Al- 
ready, in some places she has bowed her 
knee to Baal and lost her authority with 
God and man. 

Brother minister, stand out against 
these foes of Christianity and speak with 
no uncertain sound. There is an unes- 
capable obligation on the part of every 
minister to make his contribution in de- 
feating the works of darkness. Speak 
with authority, for be assured if we fail 
to preach the truth we will invite disas- 
ter to the church and chaos to the world. 
A. H. Leaman. - 



No Christian ought to be afraid to take I 
his religion out where there is none. All 
the same it is easier to be loyal to Jesus 
when we keep with Jesus' other friends. 



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THE REWARD OF THE MINISTRY. 

Many and varied are the gifts which a 
loving Father has bestowed upon the 
children of men. But there is one gift 
which is the common heritage of all — 
perhaps the only one which all men pos- 
sess, namely, life itself. This treasure has 
come to us as a gracious gift from God. 
He has made it subject to the action of 
our own will. 

There comes, therefore,, into the life of 
every man and woman, sooner or later, 
the time when we must decide what we 
will do with the life which God has com- 
mitted to us. Choose we must — and if 
we say we will not — have we not then as 
truly chosen as though we had made a 
positive choice? 

To the Christian man and woman 
there can be but one true answer to this 
question, namely, "I desire to do the will 
of God." 

And what is the will of God? For 
some it will be the mechanic's bench, the 
tilling of the soil, the teacher's desk, the 
profession, the home. But to some will 
come the still small voice which speaks as 
clearlv as that of the Master of old, 
"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers 
of men." The assurance of this call — the 
heart response to the Master's "Go ye" — 
the consecration of life — follow as we 
learn more perfectly the way of God. 

But it is not our purpose to linger here 
today, but to pass on to that important 
question which rises all but involuntarily 
in our hearts, namely, "If I follow Him, 
what shall be my reward ?" We ask this 
not in the unworthy sense of personal 
gain of riches or position, for he who 
thinks on this wise knows not the true 
call of the Master. But the Lord Him- 
self has said that "the laborer is worthy 
of his hire" (Luke 10:7). The word of 
God speaks much of the rewards which 
God shall graciously give. Often in the 
face of discouragement and trouble, do 
not the thoughts of that which God has 
promised us "lift up the hands which 
hang down and the feeble knees?" (Heb. 
12:12.) It is even said of our Master 
that "for the joy that was set before Him, 
He endured the cross despising the 
shame." 

What then are the rewards of the 
Christian ministry ? Great and many, for 
although preaching is a very poor busi- 



ness, it is the greatest calling in the world. 
May I sum the rewards of it in three 
main propositions? 

I. The Reward of the Message. 

The first reward of the servant of God 
is bound up with the nature of the mes- 
sage which he has to present to the world. 
That the sons of men stand in previous 
need of that which will remove their sin, 
give peace to their restless hearts, and 
make life worth while, I need hardly tell 
you. Nor need I tell you that the only 
solution of this problem lies in the glad 
tidings — the good news of redemption in 
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

But may I not remind you that the only 
way in which the world can receive this 
message is through men and women. And 
herein lies the secret of the first great 
reward of the ministry, namely, that calm, 
deep-rooted assurance, born of the Holy 
Spirit Himself, attested by our own expe- 
rience, that the gospel which we bring to 
all men is the true, the absolute, the un- 
failing and permanent solution of all the 
problems of humanity. How exceeding 
great is this reward of the minister of 
Christ, the deep "satisfaction," as one 
writer has phrased it, "of feeling that in 
your ministry you have been building no 
summer house of temporary stay and de- 
light, unfitted to meet the storms and 
gales of life, but a house founded upon 
the sure foundation in Christ, and in 
which some storm-beaten pilgrim through 
life may find refuge and peace." 
II. The Reward of Men. 

The second recompense for this life of 
service is that which comes to us in the 
friendship of our fellow-men. 

And by this I do not mean entirely, or 
only the contact with those whom we may 
know by personal relationship. One of 
the most enlarging and fruitful helps 
which can come to the Christian minister 
is books. The great hearts, the scholarly 
minds of all times have passed on to us 
the rich heritage of their life and labor, 
the very cream of their efforts. It is for 
us to enter in and make use of our posses- 
sion. Poor and stunted is the life of that 
man or woman who has not learned the 
joy and fellowship with books. 

But necessarily the most real of friend- 
ship must be that of those with whom we 
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that our path shall be "smooth and easy ; 
very often it will be rough and steep and 
stony, but ever by its border there will 
grow and smile for you the flowers of 
Christian friendship like the flowers by 
the side of the path which, steep and 
stony, winds its way to the top of the 
mountain." 

Someone has suggested that friendship 
is like the flowers that must be cared for 
and cultivated. And this is true. But to 
me friendship has more often been like 
the nodding daisy by the roadside, the 
shy, twinkling violet or the bright wild 
rose, planted by no man but placed there 
by God. Watered by the rains of heaven, 
kissed by the sun, they stand there to 
cheer the weary traveler on with a bright 
greeting and the sweet savour of their 
perfume. 

Such is the friendship which comes to 
the minister of God, through the hearty 
handclasp of a brother, the benediction of 
a "God bless you" from a saintly old 
father or mother, or the shy assurance of 
the boy or girl that they have been helped 
to know God by his ministry. 

"And Jesus answered and said, Verily 
1 say unto you, there is no man that hath 
left house, or brethren, or sisters, or 
father, or mother, or wife, or children, or 
lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, but 
he shall receive an hundredfold now in 
this time — and in the world to come eter- 
nal life." Mark 10:30-31. 

III. The Reward of the Master. 

I would mention yet one more great 
reward which comes to the Christian min- 
ister. It so far exceeds in value anything 
else that can be conceived that we hardly 
mention it in the same breath. And yet 
it is here that it belongs, for it is the 
friendship of the Master, of Christ Him- 
self. His own words, spoken to His dis- 
ciples as He sent them forth to preach the 
gospel, are most precious, for He said, 
"Lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world." 

It was my privilege to hear Dr. Mac- 
Cartney of Philadelphia deliver a com- 
mencement address in which he spoke of 
this very matter. He said, "The faithful 
preacher of the gospel can claim the 
presence of Christ. True to His promise, 
Christ will ever be with you. But there 
will be times when you will be more con- 



scious of that Presence than at other 
times. It may come to you after a period 
of desert dullness, or windless calm, when 
no voice seems to speak and no light 
burns ; or when your path has led you 
into the dark shadows of Gethsemane and 
for a moment you are tempted to feel that 
He has forgotten His promise to be with 
you. Then will come that manifestation 
of the Saviour, which, like His appear- 
ance long ago to Peter, is beyond all 
words to describe, but which having been 
granted, will immediately be recognized 
as the great reward of the minister and 
will leave the heart brave and the arm 
strong again. During the Sepoy mutiny 
a native Christian was being tortured by 
his foes. At length their hands grew 
weary of applying the instruments of tor- 
ture, and pausing in his savage labors, 
one of his tormentors leaned over the 
lacerated and bleeding body and shouted, 
"Now where is your Lord Jesus Christ?" 
Immediately, like the radiant smile upon 
the face of the dying Stephens, came back 
the faint but clear reply, "He is in my 
heart." There is the secret of the min- 
ister's strength, his safety and reward — 
Christ in his heart." 

Conclusion. 

Today some of us go forth in a new 
and different sense to that ministry 
whereunto God has called us. We have 
heard the call of God in our hearts. His 
command has found willing obedience in 
our lives. We feel that we have conse- 
crated and would again at this moment 
consecrate ourselves utterly to His serv- 
ice. We know but little of where we go 
— we know naught of what the future 
bears — God knows, and we need but to 
follow on where He doth lead. 

Let us go forth then in His name know- 
ing that "they that sow in tears shall reap 
in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, 
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless 
come again rejoicing, bringing his sheaves 
with him." Psalm 126:5-6. 

For it is written, "He that winneth 
souls is wise." (Pro v. 11 :30.) "And they 
that be wise shall shine as the brightness 
of the firmament ; and they that turn 
many to righteousness as the stars for- 
ever and ever." (Dan. 12:3.) ( 
(Signed) Harold L. Lundquist. 

July 24, 1923. 



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LO(D)G(E)IC 

Simon Hayden. 

The question is often asked, Can a 
man consistently be a Christian and yet 
remain in a Masonic Lodge ? The writer 
could not and will in the following lines 
show the many reasons why. 

A Jew once said that he came out of 
the lodge for the same reason that he 
went in, that is, because the name of 
Christ was omitted. The writer came out 
of the lodge for the same reason as the 
Jew, but he did not enter because of that 
reason. 

The writer went into the Masonic 
Lodge for one purpose and that purpose 
was "pull." During the World War he 
saw what influence the "Compass and 
Square" had. At times it was disgusting. 
My comrade said that he was going to 
join the Masons as soon as he was dis- 
charged "so that he would be fixed pretty 
for the next war." 

We were both discharged the same day 
and soon afterward took our degrees. 
The writer planned to be a public ac- 
countant, therefore felt that he should be 
a Mason so as to pull trade his way. He 
does not hesitate to say that undoubtedly 
many men join the lodge for the same 
purpose — that of pull or prestige. 

The writer took one degree and before 
he took the second degree he had accepted 
Christ as his personal Saviour. At this 
time a friend, knowing that he was taking 
his degree, mentioned the fact that 
Christ's name was never mentioned in the 
first three degrees of the Masonic Lodge. 
The writer decided to find out for him- 
self whether or not this was true. When 
he took the second degree he listened at- 
tentively for Christ's name in the prayer 
but was sadly disappointed. For twenty- 
six years the writer had rejected Jesus 
Christ and had just come to believe in 
Him as his personal Saviour. To him it 
seemed very inconsistent to go to church, 
where Christ's name was all in all, and 
then go to the lodge at night where they 
were indifferent to His name. 

Inasmuch as the title of this article is 
"Logic," the writer proposes to discuss 
the matter from the standpoint of logic 
or reason. The Apostle Paul says, "All 
things are lawful but all things are not 
expedient." The writer would not go so 
far as some do and say that a man cannot 



be a Christian and a Mason at the same 
time, but he would like to ask him this 
question, Can a man remain in the Lodge 
in the light of what the scripture teaches ? 
Of course the writer is aware that the 
Apostle does make the statement that 
there are both carnal and spiritual Chris- 
tians. In the opinion of the writer the 
Christian Mason is still living in the 
seventh chapter of Romans and will not 
move into the eighth. 

A man can be a Mason and yet not 
believe in Jesus Christ. Anyone who 
takes three degrees is a Mason and it is 
in these degrees that Christ's name is not 
once mentioned. There are prayers 
offered to God in each of these three de- 
grees but Christ's name is voluntarily and 
knowingly omitted. The writer asks you 
plainly, Is this the teaching of scripture? 
The Master said while on earth, "Hither- 
to have ye asked nothing in my name." 
John 16:24. "If ye ask anything in my 
name I will do it." John 14:14. "I am the 
way, the truth, and the life; no man 
cometh unto the Father, but my me." 
John 14 :6. All that a man needs to do in 
order to become a Mason is to believe in 
God. The devil believes in God and 
trembles at the mention of His name, yet 
his doom is in the lake of fire. Rev. 20 :10. 
Furthermore, the Jews believe in the Al- 
mighty God, yet they are not saved be- 
cause of their attitude toward Jesus 
Christ. We are going to be compelled to 
give an account of our attitude toward 
the Son. The Apostle John says : "All 
men should honor the Son even as they 
honor the Father. He that honoreth not 
the Son honoreth not the Father." John 
5:23. 

Mr. Mason, how are you going to fulfill 
the teaching of this verse in the first three 
degrees of Masonry? It is impossible! 
You may reply that Christ's name is men- 
tioned in some of the higher degrees. This 
may be so, but it does not suffice for the 
omission in the first three degrees. What 
majority of men ever go higher than the 
first three degrees ? It seems to the writer 
that the Masonic Lodge is in the same 
predicament as the Laodicean Church, "I 
know thy works, that thou are neither 
cold nor hot ; I would thou wert cold or 
hot." Rev. 3:15-16. 

If the Masonic Lodge is a good thing 
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have done so because it was in existence 
for a thousand years before He came to 
the world. Evidently He did not approve 
of "secret orders" for He says, "I speak 
openly to the world . . . and in secret 
have I said nothing." John 18:20. 

Christian people are the only Bibles 
that most people read, therefore we ought 
to be careful of our actions and examples. 
The world is watching our every step in 
order to find fault. The good Mason will 
attend his lodge meeting and the good 
Christian will attend his church services. 
What happens if the lodge meeting night 
falls on the same night as the prayer 
meeting? Invariably the man will go to 
lodge at the sacrifice of his first duty to 
God. LISTEN ! "No man can serve 
two masters." John 6:24. Nor can we 
run with the hare and the hound at the 
same time. The Apostle says, "Be not 
conformed to this world but be ye trans- 
formed." Rom 12:1-2. Again the Apostle 
John says, "Love not the world, neither 
the things that are in the world." I John 
2:15. Again Paul says, "Be ye not un- 
equally yoked together with unbelievers; 
for what fellowship hath righteousness 
with unrighteousness? and what com- 
munion hath light with darkness ?" 2 Cor. 
6:14. 

There are all classes and kinds of men 
in the Masonic Lodge. Everyone will 
admit this. There are good men, bad men 
and indifferent men. We cannot have 
fellowship with a gambler nor a drunk- 
ard, neither can we have fellowship with 
the Masons for we do not see alike. He 
is the natural man yet in darkness while 
we, as Christians, are regenerated by 
God's Holy Spirit and are walking in the 
light. "If we walk in the light as He is 
in the light, we have fellowship one with 
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ 
His Son cleanseth us from all sin." 
I John 1:7. 

The Mason may say that by belonging 
to the Lodge he can have personal con- 
tact with men that he could not other- 
wise have. Yes, he may be able to win a 
few and yet be a stumbling block to hun- 
dreds of other men in the vicinity. The 
Apostle Paul takes the correct attitude 
when he says by the Holy Spirit, "Where- 
fore, if meat makes my brother to offend, 
I will eat no flesh while the world stand- 



eth, lest I make my brother to offend." 
I Cor. 8:13. 

It may be true that the Mason does not 
depend upon the Lodge for his salvation, 
but the writer has met some Masons who 
did. He once talked with a man in the 
hospital and when he asked this man 
about his soul (seeing that he did not 
have many more years on earth) this man 
answered, "I have been a Mason all my 
life." The Masonic Lodge will take you 
to the grave but it takes Jesus Christ to 
take you beyond the grave. 

You may say that the incident cited 
above is an extreme case, but how do we 
know how many men are putting their 
trust in the things of the world ? We do 
know that a very large per cent of men 
only go through the first three degrees 
anyhow, these degrees which reject Jesus 
Christ's name. 

Again, let me appeal to your reason. 
How can you be a Christian and yet take 
the oath of having your body severed in 
twain, your bowels taken from thence and 
burned to ashes and the ashes scattered to 
the four winds of heaven? Is this the 
teaching of Christ? Someone has to do 
the severing and how can he do this in ( 
the light of scripture? We are told to 
love our neighbor as ourself and to do all 
that we do unto the Lord. 

We should practice what we preach. 
The fact that we do not practice what we 
preach is a stumbling block to the world. 
The Apostle Paul handled this very nice- 
ly when he rebuked Peter to his face for 
not practicing what he preached. Ga. 
2:14. Or as the Master says, "And why 
beholdest thou the mote that is in thy 
brothers eye, but considerest not the 
beam that is in thine own eye?" Math. 
7:3. 

Again, God says we should not be a 
respecter of persons (James 2:9), yet 
this Lodge is because no man can be a 
Mason unless he has two hands and two 
feet. Jesus Christ will accept a man with 
no hands and no feet. Furthermore, a 
Mason promises to respect a Mason's 
wife and daughter, but no mention is 
made of another man's wife or daughter. 

Again, God says, "Watch therefore; A 
for ye know not what hour your Lord \! 
doth come." Matt. 24:42. How can you 
watch if you are hoodwinked? Again, 
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of God." Are you glorifying God in be- 
ing "hoodwinked, cable-toed, neither bare 
foot nor shod, one trouser led up and the 
other one down," with an ungodly, un- 
regenerated man leading you around the 
room ? How do you answer this ? 

Again, does not the "ring" limit God? 
All you have to do is to flash the ring and 
you "get by." If you are in need, just 
throw the sign. The Apostle Paul says, 
"My God shall supply all your needs." 
Phil. 4:19. What good would a ring do 
in Africa? We need the Almighty God 
there. 

You may say, as have many others, "I 
belong to the lodge but do not attend the 
meetings." The very fact that you do not 
ask for your resignation shows that you 
are in sympathy with them. 

Again, you may not wear your ring 
before men, but listen, God knows all 
about it after all and it is to Him that we 
have to give an account. Rom. 14 : 11-12. 

You may also say that the Masonic 
Lodge is not a religious institution. Why 
is it then that they use the open Bible? 
Why not a dictionary? Why is it they 
have the letter "G" on the ring ? Why 
is it that they ask you in whom do you 
/ put your trust, and why is it they offer 
prayer ? 

Again, does not the ring limit God? 
When a man wears the ring he naturally 
has a pull with his fellow-men and re- 
ceives many favors. He may, if a preach- 
er, get a big church, or if a business man 
get a good position. It is a question in 
the writer's mind when he sees a man 
holding a responsible position whether he 
got it through God or by wearing the 
compass and square. 

Again, the writer has noticed at times 
automobiles standing in front of Masonic 
Lodges for hours at a time. It is a com- 
mon thing to see a machine standing all 
day long while a man is attending to his 
duties in the Lodge, yet this same man 
gets very restless if he has to sit in church 
forty-five minutes or an hour. 

The writer realizes that the Lodge as a 
whole has as its objective the betterment 
of mankind, and that is exactly what the 
world wants and needs, but to accomplish 
v this betterment of mankind it is not the 
attainment of the sons of man, but the 
obtainment of the Son of God. 

It is true that good environment will 
have much to do with influencing the 



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character of a man, but environment will 
never change a man's heart, and after all 
that is the only change worth while. It 
takes the Holy Spirit of God to change a 
man's heart. 

Again, the writer appeals to the Mason 
as does the Apostle Paul "to come out 
from among them and be ye separate." 
Listen, when we stand before God, our 
pass word will not be "Ma-son" but "My 
Son." 

Chicago, Illinois. 



The first class to be graduated from 
the Pastors' Course of the Moody Bible 
Institute of Chicago received diplomas 
August 3rd. Thousands of students have 
been graduated from the general course 
of the Institute and many eventually 
have been ordained as ministers and mis- 
sionaries, but this was the first class in the 
three years' course to receive the full 
equivalent of a theological seminary 
training. 

The baccalaureate sermon was preached 
by the Dean of the Institute, Rev. James 
M. Gray, D. D., and Virgil E. Squibb 
and Harold L. Lundquist were the class 
speakers. Mr. Squibb is a graduate of 
the Practical Business College of Cam- 
bridge, O., while prior to taking the Pas- 
tors' Course in the Moody Bible Insti- 
tute Mr. Lundquist received the degree 
of Bachelor of Laws from the Univer- 
sity of Minnesota, and also studied for 
a year in the Princeton Theological Sem- 
inary. 

The Pastots' Course in reality covers 
a period of four years (135 weeks), as 
the summer term is utilized in this three 
years' course. Special emphasis is laid 
upon the Biblical and practical work, and 
since the recent election of Rev. Elbert 
L. McCreery as director the Pastors' 
Course has been enlarged and other 
helpful additions have been made. 



The Federal Council of Churches of 
Christ in America does not admit into 
its membership Unitarians and Universal- 
ists. It is rumored that the two denomi- 
nations, with other independent churches, 
and probably in affiliation with Jews, will 
organize a federation to be known as the 
American Federation of Religion 
Christian Statesman. 



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METHODIST EPISCOPAL FUNDA- 
MENTALISTS. 

We are in receipt of the following facts 
in a communication signed by W. S. F. 
Tatom, Chairman, and W. E. Hawkins, 
Secretary : "On last November a repre- 
sentative group of Methodists met in 
Memphis to consider the serious inroads 
of Modernism in the Methodist Church. 
As a result of this meeting a committee 
of twenty-five was formed with the fol- 
lowing objectives: (1) The holding of 
rallies that Methodists might properly 
be aroused. (2) The printing and mail- 
ing out of fact-giving literature. (3) 
The appointment of vigilance committees 
to gather facts and keep the leaders ad- 
vised as to the movements of Modern- 
ism. (4) The support of the Southern 
Methodist edited by Dr. R. A. Meek, 
Memphis, Tennessee. 

"For further information those inter- 
ested may write Mr. E. H. McKinley, 
109 North Throckmorton Street, Fort 
Worth, Texas." 

Holding to the fundamentals in Chris- 
tianity is very important. A live church 
should be an aggressive one and will be. 
The ideal is to preach the gospel, stand 
for the fundamentals and oppose every 
popular evil that endangers the souls of 
men, such as Christian Science, Russell- 
ism, Mormonism, and Masonry. Each of 
these popular religious movements are 
pagan religions. They are in our midst, 
leading more men and women into the 
way of death than any other movement 
in our day. It can be shown that the 
secret lodge paganism is the greatest anti- 
christ in our country. Now if Satan can 
keep a church on the defensive standing 
for the Fundamentals against Modernism 
and ignoring these other anti-christian 
movements, he will have accomplished his 
purpose and the results will still be a 
dead church. A church on the defensive. 
The churches in our country today that 
are aggressive and full of young men 
and women are those that instruct and 
warn the people against the organizations 
mentioned above, especially the secret 
lodge system. W. I. P. 



To clean up your talk, try "houseclean- 
ing" your thoughts. 



Get some fellow to do your thinking 
for you, and you'll always need him. 



EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1923. 

The month has passed quickly. I have 
been much on the move. What changes 
have come! How little President Hard- 
ing thought when he said. "That's good ; 
read some more," that it would be his last 
earthly expression! Surely there is a 
call "to redeem the time." 

My northern Wisconsin trip proved in- 
teresting and profitable. The fishing was 
good. A community meeting near Har- 
shaw gave opportunity to greet many of 
my late brother's neighbors and learn of 
their interests. The crop prospects were 
good. There is much dairying in central 
Wisconsin. Sheboygan is noted for its 
four C's — Cheese, Chairs, Churches and 
Children. 

I found friends in Appleton much in- 
terested in our message. In the Olive 
Lutheran Church, a large, fine edifice of 
modern design, they were celebrating the 
anniversary of their organization. The 
pastor very kindly and with fitting re- 
marks introduced your representative as 
the special speaker on a special subject 
for this special occasion. The congrega- 
tion, which was especially large, consider- i 
ing weather conditions, gave special at- I 
tention and a special extra offering of 
$17.50 in aid of our work. Owing to dis- 
tance and expense of travel, my last trip 
was extended for nearly two months. 
That a little rest at home was pleasant 
goes without saying. There were the in- 
vitations for Sabbath addresses as usual. 

A very pleasant day was spent with the 
people of the Brethren Church, Washing- 
ton, D. C. There were many kindly ex- 
pressions of appreciation of my work. En 
route for the Radical United Brethren 
camp meeting at Rhodes Grove, near 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, I got in 
some work at Hagerstown and Maugans- 
ville, Maryland. It was five years since 
I last visited this camp meeting. I found 
changes, of course. Many had gone, but 
others had come. The cottages were 
filled with a happy, enthusiastic people 
who had come together for what they 
could get and give of blessing. There was 
special music, a special evangelist, and a 
spiritual uplift resulting in the conversion / 
of some. Your representative was given ™ 
opportunity to present his message. There 
was a good response in Cynosure sub- 
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before the meeting closed. A stranger 
asked, "Are you leaving so soon?" In 
answer to my reply she remarked, "I am 
sorry, for we enjoyed your addresses." 
This is encouraging. I was glad, of course, 
to know she was sorry. Several pastors 
seemed glad to get the information our 
association could furnish. A Sabbash 
spent at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 
passed very pleasantly. I spoke in the 
Church of the Brethren in the morning 
and the Brethren in Christ Church in the 
evening. Because of my Florida trip last 
winter some of my field in this section 
had not been cultivated as usual. Coming 
to the Ohio field I found a welcome greet- 
ing from friends at Braddock and New 
Castle, Pennsylvania. I am compelled to 
omit attendance at the Wesleyan camp 
meeting, now in session at Stonesboro, 
Pennsylvania, to which I had looked. 
Many camps are reaching many people at 
this time. The Seventh Day Adventists 
are having a camp meeting at New Castle, 
Pennsylvania. The wish was expressed 
that I attend. They oppose the secret 
societies. Truly the harvest is great and 
laborers few. Prayer should be made to 
the Lord of the harvest that the forces 
may be increased. I learn that misrep- 
resentation regarding the Kit Klux Klan 
is being made. Some are claiming it is 
not a secret society ! It seems amazing 
how some seemingly good people are be- 
ing influenced. We read in Matthew 
24 :24, "If it were possible, they shall de- 
ceive the very elect." 

My efforts for the rest of this month 
will, the Lord willing, be given to Ohio. 
How about Michigan for next month? 
Friends wishing lectures may reach me 
via the Cynosure office. To Him who 
has kept us thus far we render praise and 
move to the future with expectation. 

W. B. Stoddard. 



If we wish to possess that exquisite 
poise of character which outward things 
are unable to disturb, and which marks 
the true gentleman, the true Christian, 
we must labor to safeguard all that is 
sweet and beautiful in our life by main- 
\ taining constant serenity and self-control. 

Life is a piece of material put into your 
hands to do with as you like. But in 
cutting it out be sure to use the only re- 
liable Pattern. 



LETTERS FROM FRIENDS. 

An esteemed correspondent who does 
not wish her name made public writes : 
"Although my beloved father, who was 
my ideal of a Christian and a gentleman; 
and although two brothers and other re- 
lations and friends of my early years 
were all Masons, yet from my earliest 
recollection I had a strong antipathy 
always within me against Masonry. But 
the first word I have ever known against 
them was in the tracts sent me recently 
by your the National Christian Associa- 
tion. You may imagine the interest these 
have been to me. When my precious 
father died, in 1883, the body was carried 
into the little country church for a word 
from the minister and then turned over 
to the Masons for the final ceremonies; 
The Masons placed the body by the open 
grave and began their ritual. Immediate- 
ly there came a downpour of rain and 
they hurried back into the church. The 
sun came out almost immediately and 
they returned to the grave, but the same 
thing happened three times. At last they 
concluded to commit the body to the 
ground without their ceremonies. It 
made a strange impression upon me. 

"Quite a number of years ago a jailor 

by the name of committed a 

crime against a fourteen year old girl 
whom the jailor had adopted. She died. 
The testimonies in court were convincing, 
but the jailor was a Mason and the 
Masons cleared him, whereupon he left 
for parts unknown. This happened in 
my home town. 

"When my husband died and left me 
with no means of support, with two chil- 
dren, the Congressman from my district 
gave me a modest appointment and this 
indeed by the approval of both political 

parties, but , a Master Mason, 

and fellow member of my father's lodge, 
was instrumental in taking that position 
from me and for the time being leaving 
me utterly without means of support. 
These events followed my youthful, in- 
stinctive dislike for the lodge and proved 
to me that my early instincts were right. 
These three instances mentioned are out 
of many that I have observed." 



The greatest events of an age are its 
best thoughts. It is the nature of thought 
to find its way into action. 



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The National Christian Association, 

850 West Madison street, 
Chicago. 

Dearly Beloved: One dollar and eighty 
cents inclosed for which please mail me 
four books, C. G. Finney's " Character 
and Claims of Freemasonry," with the 
usual pamphlets of Bros. Haney, Torry 
et al., therein, corroborative of what Bro. 
Finney says about the iniquitious thing, 
as I am making a hit in these parts that 
has made and is making for mighty good. 
When an old soaked avourdupoise learns 
that I have "exposed" his secrets in this 
community, he sits up and pulls his 
whiskers with his brother soak and they 
remonstrate nearly all night as to what 
ought to be done with that man McLen- 
don. If one of the deluded and now 
denuded old soaks lose a member of his 
family, or a farm crop, or $1,000 on an 
investment, or if a church house falls in, 
or a school house becomes abandoned, or 
a linching happens in this community, 
this is alright — nothing to bother about. 
But if a godly man comes along with a 
prayer in his heart and a song on his lips 
and a Bible under his arm, exposing the 
Devil and Satan's secrets, the poor old 
dwarfed soak strokes his tobacco-stained 
whiskers and spits sidewise and looks 
through his benighted and blinded lamps, 
as if the city of Jerico had been aban- 
doned and that robbery and murder along 
the Jerrico road had ceased. Really, his 
playgrounds are disturbed. His haunts 
have been invaded. He is insulted. He 
then wants blood — blood of the innocents 
— and like Saul of Israel (not Sam of 
Tarsus) in that he wants to slay the 
beautiful David for the one reason that 
David was a friend to him. A Masonic 
convert ? Yes. Well, inasmuch as it was 
Masonry in the South that kindled the 
new order of Ku Klux, the earth's doom- 
ing force headed by the noble grand klegle 
cyclops and company, better known as 
the prince of the power of midnight, I 
cannot feel a bit friendly toward it. Satan 
is getting in his very best work now, 
through this midnight, hooded power, 
since the day he slew Jesus and the dis- 
ciples and prophets and other saints of 
old. If the old fossils can succeed in 
running all the Negroes out of the south- 
land and all the poor white folks, then the 
old fossils will have green pastures for 
their herds and flocks and will then be 



great grand cyclopsical emperors over 
their acres and furrowed fields and 
their flocks and herds and none to eat and 
enjoy but they and their few miserable 
cycloptistics. Yes, sir, kindly rush the 
four books on so I can get to work against 
the octopus. 

Yours sincerely, 

Robt. L. McLendon. 

P. S. — We thank you for your kindly 
expression of condolence regarding the 
burning of our residence here in this town 
on the 27th midnight of May, Sunday, 
and while we have not been able to build 
back the house, we have all along been 
abundantly physically able to fight the 
devil and his new orders. We are anxious 
to keep fighting this common, hidden and 
blighting foe wherever we meet him, and 
although Bro. Finney tells us in his book 
what one may expect at the hands of the 
iniquitous foe, we hope to some early day 
have another residence built and the torch 
if applied to it will not deter us from 
building even a third one and a fourth 
one and so on as long as funds are avail- 
able. 

When the United States Congress a 
under Roosevelt appropriated about a \ 
billion of dollars to the Panama Canal 
project, that was very great, but had an 
appropriation of just $110,000,000 been 
made for placing just one copy of Charles 
G. Finney's "Character and Claims of 
Freemasonry" in the hands of every 
American (United States) subject, our 
cotton fields would now have been rid of 
the boll weevil and boll worm, and blight 
in our apple trees and pear and peach 
trees, and the partner worm and the cat- 
terpiller, and the new order of Ku Klux 
and other outspringing wings of Mas- 
onry and other cyclops and klagle and 
emperor movements against our sunny in- 
stitutions. Selah ! 

McLendon. 



CATHOLIC SECRET SOCIETIES. 

To the Editor, The Fortnightly Review 

(Catholic) : 

I just finished reading your fine article, 
"Combatting Secret Societies" (F. R., / 
No. 16, p. 301 sq.). While reading it, % 
and fully agreeing with Bishop Wehrle, 
I wondered what should be said about the 
secret societies within the church, or "in 
the shadow of the church." 



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Catholic Church Member Interested. 

Thirty years ago, as a printer, I became 
interested in secret societies. When I 
went into business for myself I was told 
of the many advantages of secret orders, 
and I joined one. My interest grew, I 
became very active and was elected to va- 
rious offices, except the "paid" offices, but 
I have had my fill of "honor." 

Catholic and Protestant Secret Societies 
Fashioned Alike. 

Once I discussed the question of life 
insurance and fraternal orders with a 
Lutheran pastor whom I respected for the 
stand he took against all the mummery, 
tomfoolery and rot. This pastor was well 
read on the subject and gave me a ritual 
of a certain secret society. Reading it I 
found that it was similar, yes, in some 
parts and respects identical, with the 
ritual which "we" used. After that I read 
various exposes, and I have reason to 
believe that the latter are correct. Later 
I read your book on Freemasonry. My 
interest grew, and I obtained some "real 
rituals." I am in a position now to state 
that all secret societies are fashioned 
alike. "We" met in an I. O. O. F. hall 
at one time for a monster initiation, and 
let me assure you that it was not neces- 
sary to shift much scenery to adapt the 
hall for our "ceremonies." "We" even 
left the altar where it stood, but called it 
the "center pedestal." 

"We" have the "stations," the "wicket," 
the "pass-word," the "grip," the "sign and 
salute," the "gown and cap," the "mys- 
teries," all the awe-inspiring things, and 
all the tommy rot of the lodge room with 
a few religious features to make it a little 
different. 

The Catholic Church Needs a House 
Cleaning. 

Of course, "we" go to communion in 
a body to remain in good standing. 

As long as "we" act thus and indulge 
in the mummery and humbug which is 
being condemned by our bishops here and 
there, results cannot be expected. What 
we. need, and need badly, is a house clean- 
ing that begins right at home. 

I am not writing this for publication, 
and cannot permit my name to be printed 
in connection with it. I am simply stat- 
ing facts which cannot be overlooked, or 
disputed, for that matter. It has gone too 
far and, I believe, it is beyond remedy. 



When it is borne in mind that the Wis- 
consin Staatsverband (D. R. K. C. V.) 
recently filled a long- felt want by adopt- 
ing an "Einfuhrungs-Modus" with a very 
strong leaning to secrecy, it becomes plain 
that the garden is full of weeds. 

Worst of all : If the Church tolerates 
secret societies within and "in her 
shadow'" Catholics naturally must con- 
clude that they are not so bad after all. 
Cheer Up! Living Fish Better Than Dead 
Ones. 

Swimming against the stream, as both 
of us do, we have the sensation of being 
living fish, but it is folly to think that we 
are making any headway. 

I could give you a "lot of dope," but 
what's the use? Constant dripping may 
hollow a stone, but you and I will be 
dead and buried a long time before the 
stone will show any marks. 



Rev. J. P. Aurelius, Freemont, Kansas, 
writes : "My dear Brother Phillips : I 
am very thankful for the providence thus 
shown in my election to the vice-presi- 
dency of the National Christian Associa- 
tion. If I can be of any service in this 
capacity, I am willing with the assistance 
of my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, to 
do my humble part in the struggle against 
the secret umpire, which undermines true 
Christianity. 

"Several ministers of different denomi- 
nations have suggested to me to have my 
articles printed in the Cynosure published 
in a tract. Rev. Mr. Daniels, of Linds- 
borg, Kansas, was one of the first to 
make this proposition. What do you 
think of this?" 



Rev. B. E. Bergesen writes : "My dear 
Brother Phillips : There is no doubt in 
my mind but that you are right in that it 
is the fear of the opposition that has 
caused the lessening of the activities 
against secret societies. Not the open op- 
position and persecution of the early 
period of our reform — that only spurred 
manly men on. But that insidious, secret, 
powerful influence of leading church 
members who let a pastor understand that 
'his won't do,' for we lose people and 
prestige. 

I wish you and the new editor all pos- 
sible success and blessing in the work. 
Keep the Cynosure out of little issues 
and stick to the 'Big Idea.' " 



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Rev. W. C. Paden of Independence, 
Iowa, wrote in July last : "Dear Brother 
Phillips: Just received the July issue of 
the Cynosure and have read it through 
with much interest. I read with interest 
and profit your fine annual report. Noth- 
ing struck me more forcibly than the 
Masonic reaching out after the boys and 
girls. I was impressed also by the refer- 
ence to Rev. Eduardo Carlos Periera, of 
Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have among my 
papers somewhere references to that base 
transaction about the time when it oc- 
curred when Masonic missionaries of the 
Presbyterian church sought to press 
Masonry upon the native church when a 
number of the ministers with their peo- 
ple withdrew from the church rather 
than submit and formed an independent 
Presbyterian church. Now I pray that 
God's blessing may rest upon you and 
all the brethren and especially that your 
bow may still abide in strength and in 
any case that you may enjoy the consola- 
tion of Jesus Christ/' 



A call has come to reprint an article 
that appeared in our paper some time ago. 
We feel it is a timely article and should 
be carefully read. The writer is a strong 
advocate of the principles for which we 
stand. He is not afraid to speak against 
the lodges and their evils, and is con- 
tinually warning young men to beware of 
the snare of the devil and be lost for- 
ever. — Ed. 



SHALL THE MODERNISTS BE DRIV- 
EN OUT OF THE EVANGELICAL 
CHRISTIAN CHURCHES? 

BY JOHN H. MOSEMANN. 

(A reply to Harry Emm,erson Posdick's 
pamphlet, entitled "The New Knowledge 
and the Christian Faith.") 

In the above pamphlet, Mr. Fosdick is 
making a desperate plea to have liberals 
(this term is applied to such as pose as 
Christians, and yet are identical in belief 
with Robert Ingersoll, Thomas Paine, 
and Voltaire on many points of Christian 
faith) retained and not driven out of the 
evangelical Christian churches. The lib- 
erals, when they become full-fledged lib- 
eralists, usually take a position as fol- 
lows on vital matters of the Christian 
faith and the teaching of God's Word : 

They do not believe in the plenary, ver- 
bal inspiration of the Scriptures; the bib- 



lical account of the origin and fall of 
man ; the virgin birth of Christ ; the deity 
of Christ ; the atonement made by Christ 
on the cross ; the efficacy of His precious 
blood ; the resurrection of Christ ; the mir- 
acles of the Bible, such as "the flood," 
"the whale swallowing Jonah," etc., etc. 
They take the liberty to reject any and 
everything that is inconceivable to their 
exalted reason. 

Let us examine into the matter further 
and see whether the liberals should be 
retained in the true, evangelical Christian 
churches : 

Shall Modernists Be Fellowshiped in Chris- 
tian Churches? 

1. Was the Christian church origi- 
nated by what are known today as liberals 
(modernists) ? 

Surely not! None such was found 
among the company of 120 disciples upon 
whom the Holy Spirit fell on the day of 
Pentecost and were baptized into the one 
body of Christ. All liberals were out- 
side the pale of the original church. The 
Holy Ghost never did, never would, nor 
ever could fall upon a liberalist while he 
remains in such a state of unbelief and 
wickedness. 

2. If the Christian church was not 
started by the liberals, how have they 
come to be in the professed Christian 

churches? 

One answer is found in Jude 4: tor there 
are certain men crept in unawares, who 
were before of old ordained to this condem- 
nation, ungodly men, turning the grace ot 
our God into lasciviousness, and denying the 
only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ 
Another answer is found in I Tim 4:1: 
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in 
the latter times some shall depart from the 
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and 
doctrines of devils." , j 

In the passage in Jude we find that 
these men have "crept 1 ' in "unawares 
Naturally, after being inside, their deadly 
and soul-destroying work begins, and in- 
evitably corrupts other poor souls that 
"they depart from the faith" they once 
held* and change their views to accept the 
views of heretics. This is corroborated by 
the Scripture found in II Tim. 4:3, 4: 

"The time will come when they will not 
endure sound doctrine; hut after their own 
lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, I 
having itching ears; and they shall urn 
away their ears from the truth, and shall be 
turned unto fables." > 

If Mr. Fosdick and his co-religious 
liberalists are such as Jude and other 



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writers in Scripture describe, do the 
liberalists have a just right to be in the 
Christian church? Are they not plainly 
impostors, corrupt and wicked in their 
designs? Is not the Christian church 
justified in desiring either their repentance 
and conversion, or their complete separa- 
tion ? Do they not properly belong to the 
class described in II Cor. 11 : 13-1 5, "For 
such (whom he alludes to in verse 4 as 
they who preach "another" Jesus, other 
than the apostle preached and receive "an- 
other" spirit, and "another" gospel) are 
false apostles, deceitful workers, trans- 
forming themselves into the apostles of 
Christ." And no marvel ; for Satan him- 
self is transformed into an angel of light. 
Therefore it is no great thing if his min- 
isters also be transformed as the minis- 
ters of righteousness, whose end shall be 
according to their works. 

3. If the liberals did not originate the 
Christian church, who did ? 

Let Christ Himself make answer to 
this question: "Upon this rock I will 
build my church; and the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 
16:18). "1 will build my church!" And 
when did this building of the church 
begin? Surely the church had her incep- 
tion on the day of Pentecost when the 
church (those who believed in Christ) 
were united in one body. The Lord has 
been building the church ever since, set- 
ting in the body every member as it 
pleases Him. Does He use those in the 
building who are impenitent? who are 
unbelieving ? those whom He warns 
against as being false Christs and false 
prophets, who deceive many ? Would He 
compose the church of such as deny His 
deity, His work on the cross of atoning 
for sin, as deny His precious, precious 
blood ? Would He use such in the build- 
ing as denounced His miracles as never 
having occurred, but assert that they were 
merely imaginary ? Would He use such 
as are at variance with Moses, with all 
the prophets, and Himself as well ? Would 
He accept such as belittle the words of 
His apostles ; of whom He said : "He that 
heareth you, heareth me, and he that de- 
spiseth you despiseth me" (Luke 10:16) ? 
What Ought to Be the Church's Attitude? 

4. Shall the Christian church be tol- 
erant or intolerant towards these wicked 
intruders who call themselves "liberal- 
ists"? 



The prophet Amos asks a very perti- 
nent question, quite applicable here : "Can 
two walk together except they be 
agreed?" (Amos 3:3.) Can a true Chris- 
tian who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ 
as the Son of God, and Savior of the 
world, and that the blood of Christ alone 
cleanses us from all sin, have Christian 
fellowship with one who denies all these 
things? The Word of God says, "Be ye 
not unequally yoked together with un- 
believers/' "What part hath he that be- 
lieveth with an infidel?" True Christians 
cannot have fellowship with them for it is 
written, "What fellowship hath righteous- 
ness with unrighteousness? and what 
communion hath light with darkness ? and 
what concord hath Christ with Belial?" 

In the light of such divine truth, can 
the Christian church be anything but in- 
tolerant ? Absolutely not ! The church 
can be no less intolerant than were God 
and Christ when they -cast out of heaven 
that wicked usurper and self-exalted 
rebel, the Devil ! The number of adher- 
ents that Satan would take with him in 
the persons of angels would not hinder 
the "house-cleaning" in heaven. 

The Church needs to be as intolerant as 
was Christ when the house of God was 
polluted with wicked men, making it a 
"den of thieves." He "drove" them all 
out. These wicked impostors are rob- 
bing us of the very foundations of the 
Christian faith. Just as well be at ease in 
a house whose foundations is being de- 
stroyed as to sit "at ease in Zion" while 
the enemies of God ruthlessly tear away 
the costly stones of grace and truth, and 
seek to undermine and destroy the great 
pillars upon which the Christian faith 
rests. 

Let the fundamentalists rise up in the 
strength of the Lord and "earnestly con- 
tend for the faith which was once de- 
livered unto the saints"! (Jude 3.) Let 
the church of Christ, with a strong hand, 
remove from her fellowship all who per- 
sist in being liberalists, enemies of God, 
of Christ, of the Christian church, and 
the blessed Bible which, while professing 
to love, they tear to shreds and relegate 
into oblivion, denouncing it as "untrue," 
"unmodern," "unbelievable." 



Irreverence in God's house is disrespect 
to God himself. 



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September, 1923. 



LIGHTS AND SHADOWS ON THE 

WORLD GROWING BETTER. 

Is the World Growing Better? 

Bishop W. M. Weekly, Parkersburg, W. Va. 

A great many people are quite anxious 
as to whether the world is getting better 
or worse. And it is a most serious ques- 
tion. 

I think it fair and safe to say that, in 
some regards, things are getting better; 
in others they are growing worse. But 
the question is, which fact preponderates ? 
Does the good over-balance the bad, or 
does the evil outweigh the good? And 
what is their relative progress? Let us 
do a little analyzing and philosophizing, 
and thus set one side over against the 
other by way of comparison. 

1. We have gained immensely of late 
in this country by abolishing the liquor 
traffic. Thank the Lord for such prog- 
ress, even though the fight was won large- 
ly on economic grounds. The effects will 
be far-reaching along some lines. 

2. Our educational facilities are ex- 
panding and improving all the time. 

3. Humane institutions are on the in- 
crease in this and some other countries, 
which means a growing interest in the 
poor and helpless. 

4. Other humanitarian movements, 
such as we have in the Red Cross and 
similar relief organizations, are also doing 
heroic service. 

5. Equal suffrage is an assured fact 
in this and other lands. Women will 
hereafter speak at the ballot box. This is 
a most hopeful indication. 

6. There is an evident tendency 
among Protestant churches toward fed- 
eration and closer co-operation — a move- 
ment confined largely to the United 
States and England. 

7. We have more and better church 
houses and parsonages than ever before, 
and the number is increasing yearly. 

8. Science has banished many human 
ailments and greatly aided public health, 
in some respects. 

9. The abolition of child labor and the 
pensioning of widows with families in 
some of the states, is a noble upward 
step. 

10. The outlook for world-wide de- 
mocracy is most encouraging. Imperial- 
ism seems to be a thing of the past, ex- 
cept over on the Tiber. 



Yes, there are many things which de- 
note progress, and they are the legitimate 
products of Christianity. Let us make 
the most of them. The strides made in 
education, in the sciences and in self- 
government in the last few decades are I 
marvelous, and pregnant with meaning. 
What gratitude should be ours ! 

Now the other side. And let us face 
it bravely and honestly. 

1. Were partisan politics ever more 
bitter and disgraceful than at this time? 
This question applies to all the leading 
nations of the world. 

2. Did the nations of earth ever so 
thoroughly distrust each other as they 
do now? See incriminating speeches re- 
cently made in our own Congress against 
England, Japan and France, as well as 
against Germany and her allies. 

3. Did greed — profiteering — ever stalk 
forth in such hideous, heartless form as it 
now assumes? 

4. Did labor ever exhibit as much un- 
rest in all the past as it has of late ? Scores 
of strikes every month — 364 last July? 

5. Were capital and labor ever so far 
apart as they seem to be at this moment ? 

6. Was anarchy ever so widespread 1 
as it has become in recent months ? 

7. Were our national laws ever so de- 
spised and defied by multitudes as they 
are these days ? 

8. Was the holy Sabbath ever so 
grossly ignored and violated as at this 
moment? 

9. When were there ever as many di- 
vorce cases in the courts as there have 
been of late ? And the number is increas- 
ing. 

10. When was parental control so 
loose and meaningless? 

11. When as many reckless, disobed- 
ient children? 

12. When as few family altars ? 

13. Did adultery ever hold as many 
men and women in its slimy coils as it 
does this hour ? 

14. When did venereal diseases affect 
so many — even boys and girls in their 
teens — as they do in these days of so- 
called human betterment? 

15. Was it ever as dangerous for pari 
ents to send their girls and boys to the 
high school as it seems to be now? Ask 
the doctors what they think and know 
about it. 



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16. Were theaters, dance halls, and 
the like ever crowded as they are in this 
year of grace ? 

17. Was the cigaret habit ever so re- 
pulsive, vicious and threatening as of 
late? 

18. Did the rich ever try harder than 
now to add to their riches, and the com- 
mon people spend more for mere gratifi- 
cation ? 

19. When did the churches ever 
have as loose hold upon the masses as 
they have today? The few frequent 
God's house; the many stay away, and 
are absolutely unconcerned about things 
divine I 

20. When were the churches and 
preachers as much unsettled in doctrine? 

21. Was there ever a time when the 
pulpits, generally, were as slow to rebuke 
sin as they are of late? 

22. When did as many preachers go 
to movies, theaters, clubs and so forth, as 
may be found in such questionable resorts, 
in this day of grace ? 

23. When were the doctrines of the 
Bible ever ridiculed and rejected by the 
colleges as they are in this late year of 
)bur Lord? 

24. When were there as many indif- 
ferent, semi-skeptical professors teaching 
in Christian colleges as may be found 
these days? No microscope needed to 
locate them. 

25. Was it ever so difficult before to 
get young men into the ministry ? 

26. Is there not a tendency to trans- 
fer the emphasis from religion to culture ? 
Then does not culture need Christianiz- 
ing? 

27. When were the masses ever so 
confused over what salvation means, and 
how to obtain it, as they appear to be at 
this time? 

28. When, in the last hundred years, 
were more unsaved people received into 
the churches than during the last decade ? 
Nothing is more ominous and discourag- 
ing. This loosening up in fundamentals, 
this letting down of the bars, and this 
lowering of religious standards, is the 
bane of the churches. It is the greatest 

f all threatened dangers. It is possible 

or a church to utterly break down under 

self-imposed burdens and to become 

hopelessly handicapped by its unregen- 

erate communicants. 



29. When were there ever as many 
unreached, unevangelized heathens as 
could have been converted January 1, 
1920? 

30. When did this old world ever ex- 
perience as much hell as it has in the last 
six years ? 

31. When — but I pause. Are things 
getting better or worse? Which way is 
the world headed? We want light, if 
light there be. — Religious Telescope. 



A CALL TO STAND BY THE WORD. 

An alarm is sounding and a call comes 
from all over our fair land to stand firm 
for the Blessed Word as it is written, 
from cover to cover. There is an element 
that wants what they call the shorter 
Bible, cutting out what they do not like, 
and they are asking to have it adopted and 
read in the public schools. We learn of a 
preacher that has cut out the part of the 
Apostles' Creed where it declares Jesus 
Christ was God's only begotten Son, and 
we find that so many of the graduates 
from our theological colleges are accept- 
ing the theory of the higher critics, which 
is affecting the lives of our young people. 
I feel God has called the Gideons into this 
special work of winning the traveling men 
for Christ, and to defend the faith of our 
fathers. We must stand for the funda- 
mental principles laid down by Jesus 
Christ, and to let the world know we be- 
lieve the Word is inspired, protesting 
against the propaganda that is discount- 
ing God's Word. 

J. C. Bennett. 



ROBERT E. LEE, American Soldier and 
Educator. 

The Bible is a book in comparison with 
which all others in my eyes are of minor 
importance, and which in all my perplexi- 
ties and distresses has never failed to give 
me light and strength. 

JACOB GOULD SCHURMAN, President, 
Cornell. 

The Bible is the most important docu- 
ment in the world's history. No man can 
be wholly uneducated who really knows 
the Bible, nor can anyone be considered 
a truly educated man who is ignorant 
of it. 



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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answered 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 



Far fixed in spotless 

in tne regions of the polar 

^ht, thou serv'st a waymark to the sons 



Sweet Cynosure ! 
fields, high in the 



111: 



of time. 



THE REVIVAL THE WORLD NEEDS. 

Statesmen, business men and educators, 
as well as clergymen, who have seriously 
studied present conditions in the world 
and the unsettled state of men's minds 
have repeatedly declared that there is an 
urgent need for a general revival of re- 
ligion — a revival of faith in God such as 
will bring about a reformation of char- 
acter and life. 

The chief obstacles in the way of such 
' a revival seem to be : 

First : A lack of faith in the authority 
of the Bible. This is traceable in part to 
the attacks upon it by some scientists and 
'rationalistic critics. 

Second : There has been a loss of faith 
dn the present-day superhuman work of 
God, through His miraculous interven- 
tions ; a disbelief in the Holy Spirit as the 
agent in regeneration, and a lack of faith 
in prayer as a means of securing direct 
and indirect blessings from God. 

Third : There has been less preaching 
of such Bible doctrines as the heinous- 
ness of sin and its certain punishment, 
the need for the atonement for sin by 
Jesus Christ and man's justification by 
faith in Christ. 

Fourth : There have apparently been 
received into some churches members 
who are evidently not dominated by the 
Spirit of Christ and some ministers clear- 
ly depend on human methods rather than 
on God's power in their ministry. 



Happiness is a perfume that you can- 
not pour on others without getting a few 
drops on yourself. 



THE WHITE HOUSE. 

Washington, August 30, 1923. 
My Dear Sir: 

I beg to acknowledge your letter of 
the 28th. The President was a member 
of a college fraternity while at Amherst, 
but is not a member of any other secret 
or fraternal order. 

Very truly yours, 

E. T. Clark. 
Secretary. 
Mr. William I. Phillips, 
Secretary, National 
Christian Association, 
850 West Madison Street, 
Chicago, Illinois. 



BE BRAVE! 

"Be brave! 
The clay will dawn, however dark the night; 
The right will win, however fierce the fight; 
The end is sure, however far from sight. 

"Be brave! 
Not ours to shirk or shrink, to doubt or 

dread; 
Not ours to turn from hardships seen ahead; 
Not ours to falter whereso'er we're led. 

"Be brave! 
The road will brighter grow throughout its 

length; 
The load will lighter grow through added 

strength; 
The goad will turn to helpful staff" at length. 

"Be brave! 
With crown of thorns truth still adorns her 

own ; 
On scaffold, cross and gibbet rears her 

throne; 
Her altar stands where each must stand 

alone. 

"Be brave! 
The coward lives and dies an abject slave; 
The fearful is a tyrant, fool and knave; 
Omnipotence is only with the brave." 



Words better left unsaid come back 
to grieve us when we think them dead. 



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THE KU KLUX KLAN— IS IT OF GOD? 

The Kit Klux Klan question has thrust 
itself suddenly and forcibly upon us, and 
one must line up for or against. 

But that is not a very bad thing. Near- 
ly everything can be classified as right or 
wrong. So when any question comes up 
it should be given thoughtful considera- 
tion and if we arrive at the conclusion 
that the thing is right, we, as Christian 
people who stand for righteousness, 
should take our stand unhesitatingly for 
it, and if we find the thing to be wrong, 
we should take an equally firm stand 
against it. The thing that we must be 
very careful about is that we have not 
made a mistake about the matter and 
assumed the thing to be right when it is 
wrong, or to be wrong when it is right. 

The Bible the Standard. 

For the Christian, the Bible is the 
standard by which we judge whether a 
thing is right or wrong. If the Bible 
upholds a thing we may be sure that it 
is right and good. If the Bible condemns 
a thing we may be sure that that thing is 
wrong and bad. If anything conflicts 
with Bible teaching it is wrong. If it is 
in harmony with it it is right. 

The question under discussion is the 
Ku Klux Klan. Is it of God? Every- 
thing that is of God is right. The only 
way we can arrive at a conclusion is to 
compare the teaching and principles of 
the Klan with the teaching and principles 
of the Bible. If the principles of these 
two run parallel and do not cross or con- 
flict, their principles are identical. But if 
the principles and teaching of the two 
lead in different directions, if following 
the one does not carry one to the same 
point as the other, then they are not 
parallel, but are in conflict one with the 
other. And in this case the Ku Klux 
Klan is wrong for God's Word contains 
the mind of God and does not conflict 
with right. 

Who Is Our Neighbor? 

The Bible teaches that every man 
whom we can render a service is our 
neighbor. It teaches that we should love 
our neighbor and have consideration for 
his physical and material welfare. 

Let us compare this doctrine with the 
doctrine of the Klan. The Klan "stands 
for one hundred per cent Americanism 
and white supremacy." It seeks to pro- 



mote the interest of pure Americans even 
at the expense of the foreign born ele- 
ment. It has no interest in the welfare 
of others than Americans. It says of the 
Jews, "Boycott them and force them to 
leave." The Bible says, "Do good unto 
all men." 

The two quotations above are from a 
representative of the Klan and the Bible 
respectively. Is the teaching of the two 
the same? Is the principle the same? 
Can a man follow the one, and have the 
same attitude that he would have had he 
followed the other? If a man should have 
it in his heart to "do good to all men," 
he could not have it in his heart to boycott 
a man simply because he happens to be 
of that poor cursed race that is scattered 
among all the nations of earth and has no 
national home. 

Suppose that all one hundred per cent 
Americans should follow out the teaching 
jf the Klan and boycott the Jews so that 
they would be forced to leave this coun- 
try. Where would they go? America 
and England are about the only two coun- 
tries in which they have not been boy- 
cotted and persecuted and hated as 
criminals. 

All this has come upon this race as a 
curse from God for their disobedience to 
Him and for their rejection of the Mes- 
siah. Some one may say, "Oh, well then, 
if God has ordained that they be thus 
treated, it is all right for them to be 
driven out." But the Bible says, "It is 
needful that offences must come, but woe 
unto him by whom the offense cometh." 
And indeed, woe is pronounced upon all 
who persecute the Jews. They are God's 
chosen people. The Jews are as much 
God's chosen people today as they ever 
were. He has not fulfilled His purposes 
with them. (Rom. 11:1, 2.) Since the 
dispersion, every nation that has been 
intolerant and unkind to the Jews has had 
the curse of God upon it. America has 
always been an asylum for the oppressed 
Jew and no nation has been so blessed as 
has our country. But now there have 
arisen those who are saying, "Boycott the 
Jew and drive him out." The Jews are, 
as a rule, a law-abiding people and those 
who oppose them have no right to take 
the law into their own hands and do them 
violence — so their only weapon against 
them is boycott. 

As sure as God's Word is true, this 



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country will invoke the curse of God 
upon it if this feeling of hatred against 
the Jews is nurtured in the hearts of our 
people. For He has said, "I will bless 
them that bless thee and will curse them 
that curse thee." 

What About Romanism? 

The Bible says : "Love your enemies ; 
do good to them that hate you. Pray for 
them that despitefully use you." We 
recognize in Roman Catholicism an 
enemy of true Christianity. Their teach- 
ing is the teaching of anti-Christ. Now, 
some one may say, "Well, if Catholicism 
is an enemy of Christ, it is wrong and we 
ought to oppose it." 

You are right, we ought to oppose the 
doctrines and teachings of Catholicism, 
but at the same time we ought to love the 
Catholics. We can even hate Catholicism 
but at the same time love Catholics. God 
hates sin but loves the sinner. 

But is this the attitude of the Klan? 
Here is a statement verbatim from a 
Klansman that expresses their attitude : 
"We're not going to stop until we drive 
every one of them out of the country." 

We are comparing Bible teaching with 
Klan teaching. The Bible says, "Do good 
to them and pray for them." The Klan 
says, "Drive them out/' 

The attitude that the true Christian had 
toward the heathen of China and India 
is the attitude they should have toward 
the Catholics. They are just as truly in 
sin's bondage and lost, without hope. 
They know nothing of the atoning blood 
of Jesus, but are trusting to the power of 
the priests to save them. For shame that 
Christian people should hate such poor 
benighted people ! 

Standing for Law and Order. 

Now on the point of relationship that 
one should bear toward civil authority, 
let us compare Bible teaching with Klan 
practice. They say they stand for law 
and order. This sounds well. It is just 
what the Bible teaches on the subject. 

But, except one's practice agrees with 
his teaching his teaching is worthless. 
Actions speak louder than words. One of 
the tenets of the Klan is that they stand 
for law and order and law enforcement. 
Let us see if they really do this. 

In Texas (and other states) it is against 
the law for a number of men to over- 
power a man and take him out and beat 



him. But those Klansmen who profess 
to stand for law enforcement and loyalty 
to organized government are often guilty 
of violation of this law. It is proven that 
the Ku Klux were guilty in the shameful 
Inglewood raid in California. Neither is 
this the only instance where the Klan has 
been proven guilty of violence and viola- 
tion of the law. So we see that the prac- 
tice of the Klan in regard to law and 
order is contrary to Bible teaching. 

But some one says that these matters 
that the Klan attends to are matters that 
do not come under the jurisdiction of 
the courts, or that the law is slack and 
this is the only way to enforce justice in 
some cases. 

Now let us see where such a course of 
reasoning will lead us to. If twelve men 
have the right to take a man out and flog 
him because he is guilty of an act of 
immorality or misconduct, six men have 
the same right. If six men have this right 
then two men have it. And if two men 
have the right then one man has the right 
to go out and punish any act of miscon- 
duct that he happens to notice. And he 
alone, of course, is the sole judge of 
whether the man is guilty and what the 
penalty should be. So he is both judge 
and jury. Thus every man will be a law 
unto himself, and we should have a state 
of anarchy. 

Jesus Could Not Be a Klansman. 

From a comparison of these points of 
teaching it is easily seen that the teaching 
of the Klan is not the teaching of the 
Bible. We see that the religion of Ku 
Kluxism is not the religion of Jesus 
Christ. 

How could the Klan embrace Chris- 
tianity and the Christian religion when 
its very constitution would bar the 
Founder of Christianity from member- 
ship? Our Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew 
and no Jew is eligible to membership. 
Yet they claim to stand "for the princi- 
ples of Christianity." They accept Chris- 
tianity but reject the Christ. These are 
but empty claims. They are like their 
claims to law and order. The great prin- 
ciple of Christianity is love. The out- 
standing principle of Ku Kluxism is 
hatred. It tends to array class against 
class and race against race. 

Spme one says, "Oh, but the Klan is 
doing some mighty good things." Yes, 



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we admit that this is true. We know of 
an instance where the Klan made a gen- 
erous donation to some poor orphan 
children. 

But listen! Catholicism, that dread 
enemy of true Christianity, as we have 
admitted, and against which the Klan has 
so arrayed itself, is distinguished for its 
benevolence. There are not many things 
in the world wholly bad. Even bad men 
usually have some redeeming traits. 

Look at this matter with an unbiased 
mind and you will see that the principles 
of the Klan are not the principles of the 
Bible. If you love Jesus and want to 
honor Him you will not want to go where 
you cannot take Him into the Klan. 

Beware of Satan as he appears as an 
"angel of light" and a preacher of "right- 
eousness." — Moody Monthly. 



GOV. WALTON DECLARES KLUXERS 
ANARCHISTIC. 

Henryetta, Oka., Sept. 17. — The Ku 
Klux Klan constitutes an "anarchistic 
force" in Oklahoma and must be driven 
from the state, Gov. J. C. Walton told 
an audience of perhaps 1,000 persons, 
many of them delegates to the state labor 
convention here today. 

"The fight on the klan is no longer a 
religious affair. The organization is at- 
tempting to control the government of 
the entire state," the governor declared. 

The Tulsa World is backing him in his 
fight against the invisible empire, though 
"nearly all the other editors, reporters 
and newspaper men in Oklahoma are 
members of the klan," the governor as- 
serted. — Daily News. 



THE KU KLUX KLAN 

By Rev. J. A. Hoffman. 



The Ku Klux Klan is not entirely a 
new organization, either in name or spirit, 
though it may claim to have come into 
existence in the last few years. Its growth 
has been rapid, but it may not be as 
large, numerically, as people are led to 
believe. So-called Ku Klux meetings are 
attended by curious persons in such num- 
bers that it is difficult to estimate the 
number who are Klan members. 

The writer does not believe in the 
hostile attacks made upon the Klan, in 
a wholesale way, or upon members spe- 
cifically, for human nature resents such 
methods. Personal attacks which are be- 
ing made on both sides of the question 
are to be regretted. There are many 
good-meaning people who have been in- 
duced to join, for one reason or another, 
who will receive light when it comes to 
them from real and interested friends 
and in the right spirit, and will withdraw 
if and when they discover that the Klan, 
though making loud boasts of many good 
qualities, is operating either in a wrong 
spirit or by wrong methods. It is in a 
spirit of kindness to all and malice toward 
none that this subject should be treated. 
The Name. 

It would seem that thoughtful persons 
would raise the question, why an organi- 
zation which purposed to embody in it- 



self any virtue should elect for itself the 
name "Ku Klux Klan." Surely the name 
does not pass on to those who take it to 
themselves any enviable heritage. The 
New Standard Dictionary defines the Ku 
Klux Klan, the former organization after 
which the Klan has been named, as fol- 
lows : "A secret society organized in many 
of the Southern states after the Civil 
war, whose object was apparently to pre- 
vent negroes or northerners from gaining 
ascendency in the South. The organiza- 
tion warned, expelled, whipped or mur- 
dered persons obnoxious to it, and long 
overawed the negroes, but was finally 
broken up by the U. S. military forces 
in 1871, after the passage of the Enforce- 
ment Act, which was popularly known as 
Ku Klux Act." It is difficult to under- 
stand why an organization like the Klan 
professes to be should choose this name, 
even though there should be no organic 
relation between the two societies. The 
very name, it would seem, should make 
thoughtful persons hesitate before join- 
ing. 

The Principle of Secrecy. 

The secrets of the Klan may be few, 
but that does not change the fact that it 
is a secret society. Thousands of persons 
who could not be prevailed upon to enter 
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have joined the Klan and have suffered 
the entering wedge of secrecy to be driv- 
en into their lives. The oath-bound so- 
cieties will doubtless reap the result of 
this when the Klan is perhaps no more 
than a matter of history. Statesmen have 
pointed out the perils of secrecy to good 
government, and Christians should refuse 
to be identified with any movement, no 
matter what its name, which operates be- 
hind passwards, locked doors, either or 
both, or covers its features to conceal its 
identity. This is certainly contrary to the 
spirit of Him who in "secret said noth- 
ing," and ever spoke openly to the world. 

Its Un-Americanismi. 

The Klan makes loud professions of 
being one hundred per cent American. 
This sounds nice to the ear and appeals 
to such as desire to be known as patri- 
otic. But who sets the standard for 
Americanism, the type in which the Klan 
traffics? Its own requirement for mem- 
bership is : that the individual be "native- 
born, free, white, Protestant, Gentile, 
male American." This is certainly an 
arbitrary standard of Americanism, fixed 
by self-appointed judges. 

In the first place, the earliest Ameri- 
cans were not white, but red — the Ameri- 
can Indian. How came the white man 
to be possessor solely of American pre- 
rogatives ? Then, by what standard must 
one be Protestant in faith to be an Amer- 
ican ? The first white man to set foot on 
American soil, Columbus, was a Catholic 
whose exploration expedition was 
financed by a Catholic king and queen. 
Catholics were among the earliest col- 
onists and established some of the oldest 
institutions. Then again, by what kind 
of logic must an American be a Gentile ? 

Catholicism, as a religious system, is 
bad enough and, politically, may be a 
menace. But it is no more American to 
bar Catholics from office than it would 
be to bar Protestants from office, if they 
were in the minority, and Catholics should 
pronounce them un-American. To do so 
would be to disfranchise them, which is 
unconstitutional. The writer made this 
remark to Klan sympathizers not long 
since, to which they replied: "Let us 
change the constitution then." 

It is certainly an un-American thing, 
to have brought the colored race here, to 



have made them our slaves for two and 
a half centuries, and then deny their pos- 
terity a claim to Americanism. The col- 
ored race has made a remarkable record 
of progress since its emancipation. It 
should be given its rightful place in 
American citizenship. The blood of the 
fathers, shed to set the colored race free, 
including that of the martyred Lincoln, 
would cry out against such discrimination 
of the colored race. 

Tews are everywhere. We may be 
jealous of their record as financiers, 
statesmen, scientists, etc., but that is no 
credit to us. Jesus was, in His human 
flesh, a Jew, and could not qualify as a 
pure American, according to this arbi- 
trary standard of Americanism, if He 
were here today. We may not like the 
Jew ; but every nation which has set itself 
to persecute the Jewish race has suffered 
shameful disintegration. America will 
be no exception to the rule. God is still 
interested in His chosen people. 

Its Un-Christian Attitude. 
One of the chief ingredients in unre- 
generated human nature is prejudice — 
prejudice against one thing or another. 
Klanism has gathered up American preju- 
dice against the Catholics, and magnified 
the Catholic menace. It has likewise 
stirred up the prejudices against the ne- 
gro race, wherever such prejudice exist- 
ed. Anti-Jewish propaganda has made it 
easy for the Klan to exclude the Jew from 
its one hundred per cent Americanism. It 
is not difficult to see that the people's 
prejudices — their weaknesses — have been 
preyed upon. These weaknesses have 
been magnified, compounded, capitalized 
and commercialized. Upon this largely 
the Klan subsists. Thoughtful readers 
need not be told that this is un-Christian, 
for it is too evident. When Christians 
and other good people see things as they 
really are, and discover that they have 
been following a fad and fallacy, the 
reaction against the spirit and methods of 
Klanism will be speedy. 

Questionable Methods Undesirable. 
This treatment of the subjects offers 
no cloak of charity to throw around the, 
various elements in American society to 
cover their sins. Whatever there is in 
Catholicism, in Jewry or among the col- 
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the true sense of the word, should be cor- 
rected. Perhaps some of those who have 
the label of one hundred per cent Ameri- 
canism could be improved somewhat also. 
But such correction should be made in a 
plain, frank, manly and open way, and 
not be attempted by questionable meth- 
ods. The end does not always justify 
the means ; neither is all "end" that is so 
called. Results obtained by wrong meth- 
ods are not permanent. How followers 
of Christ can affiliate with organizations 
which practice hooded, shrouded, intimi- 
dating methods is a serious question. 
Empty Titles and Full Coffers. 

This organizing and commercializing 
of human weaknesses has brought some 
silly, empty titles to not a few, and con- 
siderable of money into the coffers of 
others who became organizers and pro- 
moters and who sell the wares of Klan- 
ism. Had it not been for these opportu- 
nities of vanity gratification and mone- 
tary gain some who are enthusiastic Klan 
boosters might not have had time to give 
it any attention. 

The Remedy. 

The remedy for Klanism is in the hand 
of every sober r minded man and woman. 
Calmness is a wonderful asset to men and 
women these days. Curiosity should be 
overcome, for it is this which feeds Klan- 
ism. If people would remain at home 
when Klan parades are on, the glare and 
glitter of parade would soon fade. Many 
have followed in this movement thought- 
lessly and prayerlessly. They should be 
treated kindly and not rudely. People 
need to be enlightened, and this will re- 
quire time. Christians can do much by 
holding on to God in prayer, that He will 
point men and women to the way for the 
solution of the complex problems of so- 
cial and political life in these days of ex- 
treme testing. 



WINNING MEN TO CHRIST. 



METHODIST BISHOP CALLS KLAN 
"CRIMINAL." 

Chicago, 111. — "Un-American, un-Chris- 
tian and criminal,'' was the brand stamped 
on the Ku Klux Klan today by Bishop 
Luther B. Wilson of Washington, D. C, 
secretary of the Board of Public Morals 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Bishop Wilson addressed the weekly 
meeting of the Methodist ministers in the 
Northwestern University building. 



BY HAROLD F. SAYLES. 

We are living in an age of invention 
with labor-saving appliances on every 
hand, but there are some things that can- 
not be done by machinery and one of 
these is the saving of souls. We some- 
times work like a machine in our efforts 
to do this and often fail because it is hand 
work. Only hand to hand and heart to 
heart effort wins. There is no work that 
Christ so emphasized in His ministry as 
personal work. Note if you will His 
dealing with the people in John 3rd, 4th, 
5th, 8th, 9th and 11th chapters. We see 
Jesus dealing with the individual. Many 
are asking, "How can I win a soul to 
Christ?" 

First you must be natural ! Some peo- 
ple think they must work themselves up 
into an unnatural condition of mind and 
heart in order to do effectual work. Sal- 
vation is compared to a dinner (Matt. 
22:1-3). If you were to invite a person 
to your home to dinner would you go 
with a long face as if you were inviting 
them to a funeral ? 

Second, you must use tact! You can- 
not deal with all alike. Tact is needed 
in all lines of work today, the mother and 
teacher, the doctor and preacher, the law- 
yer or merchant must be tactful in ac- 
complishing his or her work, but espe- 
cially is this true in Christian service. 
"He that winneth souls is wise." — Prov. 
11:30. 

Third, diagnose your case! That is, 
try and discover why the person you are 
trying to help is not a Christian. If you 
are sick and call a physician, the first 
thing he will do will be to feel your pulse 
and look at the tongue to diagnose your 
case before prescribing the remedy. So 
you must discover, if possible, the spirit- 
ual malady before you can prescribe the 
spiritual remedy. 2 Tim. 2 :15. : — "Study 
— rightly dividing." 



A miser grows rich by seeming poor. 
The extravagant man grows poor by 



seeming rich. 



Forget not to show love unto boys, 
for thereby some have entertained great 
men unawares. 



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A RECENSION OF THE DECALOGUE, 

In which the outstanding ethical prin- 
ciples and practices are set forth in man- 
datory form. 

Mackey says that the ten command- 
ments are not obligatory upon a Mason 
as such, but that the law of nature is the 
moral law of masonry. In this recension 
we propose therefore to express the ethi- 
cal teachings of Masonry, which accord- 
ing to its ritual "is a course of ancient 
hieroglyphical and moral instruction 
taught according to ancient usage by 
types, emblems and allegorical figures." 
We feel prepared to verify every state- 
ment of an ethical principle, doctrine or 
practice herein appearing by recognized 
Masonic authorities. For the sake of 
brevity and space the proof passages are 
omitted. In numbering these "command- 
ments" we have followed the Augustinian 
division of the Decalogue. 

I. 

I am the Great Architect of the Uni- 
verse, thy god, who keeps thee in Egyp- 
tian darkness and in the house of bond- 
age. Thou shall have no other God or 
gods before me. Thou shalt make unto 
Thee graven images, emblems, and sym- 
bols of things in the heavens above, and 
in the earth beneath, and in the water 
under the earth. Thou shalt bow down 
thyself to them, use them in thy hiero- 
glyphical and allegorical moral instruc- 
tion, to indicate secretly that I, thy God, 
am constant in creative activities, and in 
the reproductive processes of life, and 
that thou also mightest become active 
therein, worship me in these activities, ' 
and honor me in conforming thy ritual 
to these activities in nature; for I, the 
Great Architect of the Universe, am an 
exacting God, visiting my imprecations 
upon all those who come out of this 
Egyptian darkness, and this house of 
bondage. 

II. 

Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Great Architect of the Universe in vain. 
Thou shalt not identify me with the 
Jehovah of the Bible, for I am at enmity 
with Him. But thou shalt honor me as 
the Generative Principle worshiped by 
the Egyptians and by my ancient people 
generally ; and thou shalt confess me as 
thy God in the lodge, pay unto me thy 
devotions, and swear by me in thy cove- 



nant, and I, thy God, swear by the sym- 
bols of my life that I will keep thee in 
this Egyptian faith which thy craft calls 
light, if thou serve me only. I am thy 
God and my glory thou shall not give 
unto another. 

III. 

Remember the Sabbath day and keep 
it Masonically holy. Six days shalt thou 
labor and do all thy work, but on the 
seventh day thou mayest do as thou 
pleasest. Thou shalt on ascension day 
attend with thy brethren in some profane 
church where one of thy brethren ex- 
plains to you the myth of Christ and of 
his ascension. On any convocation day 
appointed by my servant, the worshipful 
master, thou shalt repair to my temple 
and witness the solemn service of bring- 
ing the profane into the light of thy craft. 
Thou shalt keep the edicts of the wor- 
shipful master, who is my minister. 
IV. 

Honor thy father and thy mother, if 
he be a Mason, and she be a Star, that 
thou mayest live long and have great joy 
in the craft dedicated to me. If they 
object to thy desires to enjoy the rights, 
lights and points of the craft, and to seek 
this great wisdom, disobey and execrate 
them and all who oppose thy purpose. 
V. 

Thou shalt not kill a Mason knowing 
him to be such, except he have violated 
his oath and disclosed the secrets of the 
craft, and have perjured himself and 
thereby dishonored my name. Thou 
shalt slay him according to the penal fea- 
tures of his covenant. Thou shalt heap 
curses upon all profane men who are 
enemies to my name and serve my enemy, 
Jehovah, and His Eternal Son, Jesus 
Christ. As thy god and a party to the 
sublime, irrevocable and perpetually ob- 
ligating covenant made in my name, I 
shall require of thee absolute obedience 
thereto. In all things will I be with thee 
as thou hast prayed to keep thee steadfast 
in thy Masonic covenant and oath. 
VI. 

Thou shalt not commit so-called adul- 
tery with a Mason's wife, daughter, 
mother or sister, knowing her to be such. 
I, as the Generative Principle, "dwelling 
in temples not made with hands," and "as 
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ing into decay" thou shalt labor diligently 
to build the new temples for my dwelling 
place. In so doing thou shalt become a 
partaker of my divine nature, and fulfill 
the law of nature. I forbid carnal knowl- 
edge in the restricted sphere, and under 
the imposed conditions, in that profane 
Christians still adhere to the Mosaic 
decalogue, which is sectarian and too 
narrow for so cosmopolite a craft as 
thine. 

VII. 

Thou shalt not steal from a Mason 
knowing him to be such. But thou art 
free to rob the profane of his money or 
property, or bring it into thy possession 
by shrewd dealing or so-called fraudulent 
means, or under the pretexts of the law 
of nature. Thou are not bound to assist 
the profane or to protect him in the en- 
joyment of his own. 

VIII. 

Thou shalt not bear false witness 
against a Mason knowing him to be 
such, nor against the craft. If in danger 
of doing so, thou shalt skillfully divert 
the conversation, and pretend not to be 
one of the craft. Thou shall assist all 
Masons when in distress, sickness, or be- 
cause of crime. 

IX. 

Thou shalt not covet a Mason's house 
knowing him to be such, but the house of 
the profane, and all that is therein, thou 
mayest desire by craftiness to gain pos- 
session of. 

X. 

Thou shalt not covet thy brother Ma- 
son's wife, his servants, his chattel, nor 
anything that is his, if thou knowest him 
to be such. But thou shalt strive by cun- 
ning, strategy, and craftiness to gain 
possession of the profane's job, position, 
office, and pulpit, or anything that is his, 
if thou canst by the secret arts of thy 
craft. But thou shalt assist and protect 
thy Masonic brethren in all these posi- 
tions. I, the Great Architect of the 
Universe, thy God, pledge thee these 
rights, light, immunities and privileges, 
and every Masonic advantage if thou be 
true to the covenant I made with thee, 
and promise thee when the course of thy 
Masonic life is run, to admit thee into the 
grand supreme lodge below where I, the 
Great Architect of the Universe, preside. 
I am thy God. 



WHY THE MENNONITES OPPOSE 
SECRET SOCIETIES. 

Our opposition to oath-bound secret 
societies is founded on the word of our 
Master in Matt. 5:33-37: "Again ye 
have heard that it was said to them of 
old time, Thou shalt not forswear thy- 
self, but shalt perform unto the Lord 
thine oaths ; but I say unto you, Swear 
not at all; neither by the heaven, for it 
is the throne of God ; nor by the earth, 
for it is the footstool of His feet; nor 
by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the 
great King. Neither shalt thou swear 
by thy head, for thou canst not make one 
hair white or black. But let your speech 
be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; and whatsoever 
is more than these is of the evil one." 
James says in his epistle, 5:12: "But 
above all things, my brethren, swear not, 
neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, 
nor by any other oath; but let your yea 
be yea, and your nay, nay; that ye fall 
not under judgment." 

The secret society says : "Swear to 
what you do not know." Christ says : 
"Swear not at all." Whom will we obey? 
Whose servant will we be ? 

Paul says II Cor. 6:14-18: "Be not 
unequally yoked with unbelievers : for 
what fellowship have righteousness and 
iniquity? or what communion hath light 
with darkness? And what concord hath 
Christ with Belial? or what portion hath 
a believer with an unbeliever? And what 
agreement hath a temple of God with 
idols? for we are a temple of the living 
God ; even as God said : I will dwell in 
them, and walk in them ; and I will be 
their God, and they shall be my people. 
Wherefore come ye out from among them 
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and 
touch no unclean thing ; and I will re- 
ceive you, and will be to you a Father,, 
and ye shall be to me sons and daugh- 
ters, saith the Lord Almighty. 

These passages explain fully why we 
cannot belong to an oath-bound secret 
society. If others think they can be 
Christians and at the same time members 
of a secret society, they have to give an 
account to the Master whom they claim 
as their Master. 

The words of our Master and His 
apostles prevent us from joining with un- 
believers, Jews, Mohammedans, in a 
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Christless prayers. There might be a 
missionary, who would become a Bud- 
dhist priest in order to convert Buddhists 
to Christ; but there will be very few. 
We can serve only one Master and this 
Master is Christ. We will obey Him 
even if we have to suffer for it. 

In a country where secret societies 
want to win Christians for their faith, 
they can not oppose them openly, because 
they would disillusion some members who 
are not ready to cut entirely loose from 
Christ and God, the Christian God, but 
if we look to France, where the secret 
societies control the government, how is 
it there ? A soldier is severely punished 
for shaking hands with a friend who 
belongs to a Catholic society. You might 
say: The Catholic church is opposed to 
secret societies and secret societies are 
opposed to the Catholic church, therefore 
the enmity. But where is the tolerance 
paraded and demanded so much while 
they were in the minority, when now it is 
a crime to shake hands with a friend on 
the street because he is a Catholic ? 

And is the hatred only against the 
Catholic church? Oh, no, the Protestants 
are persecuted in Madagascar more 
cruelly by the secret societies than they 
were by the Catholics. The official or- 
gan of the government did all it could 
to induce the people to join the Free 
Masons. They said that most of the 
emperors, kings, presidents of republics, 
princes and ministers who govern the civ- 
ilized world are Masons; that before, 
the society of Masons all religions are 
equal, that on that account they are de- 
spised by all believers of any kind, who 
trust only themselves, that they (the 
Masons) try to effect liberty and peace 
for the individual, they have waited long, 
until they got a chance, because they 
trusted reasonable people, that at last 
they would be justified. "Know ye, 
Madagascans, that the Freemasons have 
founded the republic, and that the repub- 
lic came to you, to bring you more se- 
curity and welfare, more liberty and jus- 
tice. He who accuses it, is a coward and 
a liar." 

At the same time they prohibit the 
Y. M. C. A., allowed in heathen coun- 
tries. Even Frenchmen were prohibited 
from uniting in Protestant services if 
more than 20 met in private homes. And 



this in spite of the religious liberty guar 
anteed to all Frenchmen. Hundreds of 
mission schools and churches were closed, 
no stranger was permitted to be present 
at family worship, all prayer meetings 
were prohibited. vSevere penalties were 
imposed upon those who would try to use 
the church which they had built, after the 
government closed the same. 

When Governor Augagneur was in 
Paris the directors of the French Protest- 
ant mission and others asked for a meet- 
ing between them, the governor and the 
premier, Clemenceau. When they came 
at the appointed time, the governor was 
not there ; the premier gave them all as- 
surances, but when the next morning 
they wanted an interview with the gov- 
ernor, he had suddenly left in the morn- 
ing for Madagascar. He boasted in his 
speeches in France that he had nearly 
exterminated Christianity in Madagascar 
and had made them Freemasons. 

Here we see Freemasonry set against 
all religion. It was said to be wrong for 
parents to influence their children in a 
religious way and all means were used 
to suppress Christianity, not by a private 
person, but by the government in the 
name of Freemasonry. — Rev. C. V. D. 
Smissen in The Mennonitc. 



The Evening Classes of the Moody 
Bible Institute opened September 11th. 
The recent appointment of Rev. P. B. 
Fitzwater, D. D , as Director, has brought 
about a new program for this department 
of the Institute's work. Not only will a 
course be provided that is equivalent to 
that of the Day Classes, but a special 
feature will be made of a Saturday eve- 
ning hour in which the Bible will be 
taught by books and Dr. Fitzwater will 
personally conduct the teaching of the 
Sunday School lesson. Dr. Fitzwater is 
known in more than two and a half mil- 
lion homes in the United States as the 
writer of the Sunday School lesson ar- 
ticles. 

Last year 1,437 students, representing 
280 Chicago churches, were enrolled in 
the Evening Classes. 



Disappointment should be taken as a 
stimulant and never as a disappointment. 



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MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served. — Editor.l 



OUTRAGES BY COLORED MASONS, 



African Masonry, which has existed in 
the United States for a century, deriving 
its origin from the Grand Lodge of Eng- 
land, has never been recognized by white 
American Masons. They have, however, 
grand lodges in nearly every State and 
Territory and practice all the degrees, in- 
cluding the thirty-three of the Ancient 
Scottish Rite. It is not known that secret 
societies existed among the slaves of the 
South previous to emancipation. Such 
was the surveillance of the slave system 
that it was probably impossible ; but a 
large proportion of the slaveholders were 
Freemasons. Masonry had an important 
influence in instigating and precipitating 
the rebellion; and its lodge rooms were 
used by the Ku Klux Klan (which organ- 
izations included, doubtless, most of the 
Masonic members). 

On emerging from bondage the ex- 
slave naturally copied the institutions of 
his master. The mysteries, the pompous 
titles, the regalia and spectacular displays 
of Masonry and kindred societies had 
strong attractions for a race that are 
singularly imaginative and fond of dis- 
play. Not content with Masonry and 
Odd Fellowship, they used them as a pat- 
tern, and invented a vast number of other 
and similar orders, some of which have 
connected with them various systems of 
life and accident insurance. In 1881 there 
were not less than sixty-three different 
kinds of secret orders in the city of Mo- 
bile, Ala., among the colored population. 
Probably no one thing has, since their 
emancipation, done so much to absorb 
and misdirect the energies, waste the 
means, and especially to impair the in- 
fluence ana power of the Gospel over the 
lives of this people, as these secret orders. 
Designing leaders taking advantage of 



the profound ignorance of their race, 
have in connection with these societies 
offered terms of life insurance that were 
wholly impracticable, and were designed 
simply to deceive and defraud. As good 
standing in the order was the condition 
of holding a policy, the scheme was an 
admirable one to build up the lodge. 

Nor have there been wanting faithful 
pastors who have testified against this 
iniquity among the colored people of the 
South. Rev. Benjamin Burke, of the 
Stone Street Baptist Church, in Mobile, 
Ala., some years since preached a sermon 
on secret societies, and was confronted by 
some of his leading members who, in the 
midst of his discourse, arose and com- 
manded him to desist. When these 
"brethren" were brought before the 
church on the charge of disorderly con- 
duct, they took possession of the room 
with stones and clubs and denied any 
right to inquire into their orders. A po- 
lice force cleared the house, and the lead- 
ers were expelled. For nearly twenty 
years this venerable minister has preached 
an anti-Masonic gospel to a large and 
prosperous* church. 

Rev. Harvey Johnson, pastor of the 
largest Baptist church in the city of Balti- 
more, Md., preached a series of sermons 
against the lodge, and his life was threat- 
ened by members of his own congrega- 
tion. Nevertheless, he holds his own, 
and has not taken down his flag. 

Rev. R. N. Countee, who is pastor of 
the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Mem- 
phis, Tenn., is a colored man of fair edu- 
cation and fine abilities. He, together 
with Rev. W. A. Brinkley, conducts a 
religious weekly paper known as the Liv- 
ing Way. Mr. Countee, in common with 
most colored ministers, became a mem- 
ber of a number of secret orders. He had 
taken all the degrees of the Ancient Scot- 



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tish Rite, and was an Odd Fellow of high 
degree. He became painfully impressed 
with the fact that the lodge was supplant- 
ing the church, was eating out the piety 
and absorbing the means of its members. 
First a discussion, and afterwards a ser- 
mon, showing the pernicious influence of 
the orders led to the outbreak which is 
described below. He was first summoned 
to appear before the Odd Fellows, as he 
had especially denounced their demoraliz- 
ing entertainments. The following from 
the Christian Cynosure gives the state- 
ment of the charges and reply, together 
with editorial comment: 

"He has little conception of true moral 
courage who does not see a rare Chris- 
tian heroism in the Memphis ministers 
who have begun the work of separating 
the secret lodge infamy from the churches 
of Jesus Christ. We print below the sum- 
mons sent by the lodge to Rev. R. N. 
Countee, who had renounced and pub- 
licly pointed out its dangers, and had 
warned his people in the name of Jesus 
Christ, the Head of the church, to be sep- 
arate from its contaminating influences. 
The charges preferred against him and 
his reply, as published in his paper, the 
Living Way, appear below, also the re- 
port of a debate: 

PERSECUTION FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. 

"Rev. R. N. Countee summoned before 
a body of ungodly men for inviting Chris- 
tians to come out from among the wicked 
and be not yoked with unbelievers. 



"Memphis, Tenn., July 28, 1885. 

"Rev. R. N. Countee, Dear Sir and 
Brother: You are hereby notified to ap- 
pear at Odd Fellows' Hall, corner of 
Union and Second streets, August the 
5th, 1885, at 7:30 p. m. sharp, to answer 
a charge now pending against you in 
Tennessee Union Lodge, 1623, G. U. O. 
of O. F. 

"Yours in F. L. & T. 

"R. H. Rideout, Advocate." 



"To Tennessee Union Lodge, No. 1623, 
G. U. O. of O. F.: The undersigned, 
Edward Duncan, C. W. Govan and W. 
H. Herron, of Tennessee Union Lodge, 
No. 1623, do hereby charge Brother R. 
N. Countee with conduct unbecoming an 
1 Odd Fellow ; that is to say, the said 
| brother did on or about the 11th day of 



June, A. D. 1885, and has since so con- 
tinued to do, violated every obligation 
taken by him with the order, by a hetero- 
clitical set of false lectures in which he 
has falsely misrepresented, slandered and 
defamed the order, and has also used his 
influence to prevent the increase of its 
membership, also to induce persons now 
members to quit the order. Yours in 
F. L. & T. 

"Edward Duncan, 
"C. W. Govan, 
"W. H. Herron. 
"Witness : Bros. B. F. Meaddows, 63 
Clay; London Gorman, 123 Elliot; Jo- 
seph Davis, McKinley Ave. ; Dan John- 
son, 316 Washington; Frank Hawkins, 
316 Washington; Samuel Thomas, 105 
De Soto St. ; P. H. Hill, John R. Moore, 
Al Peeler, Memphis, Tenn., July 27, 
1885. 
"[Signed] R. H. Rideout, Advocate." 



"Mr. Countee first called the attention 
of the public to the Odd Fellows' picnic 
as a place unfit for respectable people, 
ladies and gentlemen, to go ; for they 
were filled with the most disreputable 
characters in the city, who took charge 
of the amusements, to the exclusion of 
all others. 

"In reply, to the charges he wrote : T 
shall meet no committee whatever. I have 
severed my connection with all ungodly 
organizations and say to all Christians, 
Come out from them, and obey your 
God.' 

"Surely we are having some things 
new under the sun. Here a set of men 
have the audacity to call a man to ac- 
count for preaching God's Word. All 
that I have said can be easily proven; 
and if proof is demanded we will have 
no corner work about it, but we can have 
it outside, where the whole world shall 
judge and know if I have spoken the 
truth. If you desire, we can have all the 
evidence through the columns of the Liv- 
ing Way. So you can send all your testi- 
mony to this office, and I will cheerfully 
publish your statement and reply. No 
more corner work — wide open work ! 
Come out with your evidence, and we will 
meet you. 

" 'Yours for truth, 

"'R. N. Countee.'" 



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INSIDE VIEW OF HEBRON MOSQUE. CENO- 
TAPHS OF JACOB AND LEAH SHOWN 
IN LOWER CORNERS. 



ON PATRIARCHAL GROUND. 

BY REV. A. M. EASH. 

Localities and sites connected with the 
early patriarchs of the Old Testament 
are always of interest to the Christian, 
and it is possible in the Holy Land today 
to stand at the graves of many of them. 
Because of their contribution to religious 
history the names of these men have be- 
come familiar household names. While 
it is true that Palestine has many tradi- 
tional sites said to be associated with 
events in the lives of these men, many 
of which have but little historical evi- 
dence to support the traditions, it is also 
true that many of the spots on which 
memorials have been erected are quite 
authentic. On a lone hill in the Judean 
hills lie the ruins of ancient Tekoa, the 
home of the Prophet Amos. Sixteen 
miles north of Jerusalem the little Arab 
village of Beitin stands on the site of the 
Bethel of the days of Abraham, Lot and 
Jacob. Six miles northwest of Jerusalem 
towers mighty Mizpeh from which Sam- 
uel judged the people. In similar man- 
ner, Shiloh, Carmel, Endur, Bethlehem 
and scores of other places made memor- 
able by the lives and works of the men 



of the Bible stand today in sacred mem- 
ory of those men and their deeds. 

Not the least in interest among these 
many familiar places is the Holy Land in 
the modern town of El Chalil or He- 
bron. Of all the patriarchs, Abraham 
possibly has the largest following of men 
and women who look to him as their 
father. The Jew reveres him as the fath- 
er of his race, the Moslem names him 
as the first great prophet of his people, 
and the Christian man knows him as the 
father of all the children of faith. In 
Palestine, Christian, Moslem and Jew vie 
with one another in naming their sons 
after this notable character. Ibrahims 
and Chalils abound in every community. 
(Chalil is the Arabic for friend which, 
as may be recalled, is one of the names 
given to Abraham — 'The Friend of 
God.") The gate of Jerusalem opening 
to the road leading toward Bethlehem 
and Hebron is called ''Bab-el-Chalil," 
the gate toward Chalil — translated He- 
bron. Abraham and the places associat- 
ed with his name are held in great rever- 
ence by all the inhabitants of the land. 

The small city of Hebron, which for 
many years was the home of Abraham, 
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Palestine. Its few Jewish inhabitants 
live in constant fear, and the Christian 
missionary efforts of many years have 
failed in producing many converts. It 
was the Moslem worshippers from He- 
bron who on Easter morning of 1920 
started the bloody riots in Jerusalem 
which resulted in the death and injury 
of many Mohammedans and Jews and the 
destruction of much property. There are 
residing in Jerusalem Americans who 
have lived there for many years but who 
never saw Hebron until following the 
late war. Prior to the war few Ameri- 
cans visited this city because the site of 
the burial place of the patriarchs was for- 
bidden ground to any but the faithful 
Moslems. This site is covered by a large 
mosque built a number of centuries ago — 
originally a Crusader Christian church— 
and is carefully guarded against intru- 
ders. Prior to the war it was necessary 
for the visitor to be first supplied with a 
pass issued by the Sultan in Constanti- 
nople before gaining admittance. Few 
Christians were able to secure this pass 
and so the sacred precincts were seldom 
invaded. Only once was such a pass is- 
sued to a Jew — more bitterly hated than 
the Christians — and that to United States 
Ambassador to Turkey Morgenthau. Vis- 
itors needed to be satisfied with a view of 
the outside of the structure. 

Hebron is old. Medieval tradition 
places the creation of Adam here and at 
a very early period it was designated as 
his burial place. Its earliest name was 
Kirjath Arba. It was near here that 
Abraham rested under the Oaks of 
Mamre. When Sarah died he purchased 
from Ephron the Hittite the large cave 
of Macpelah as a burial place. Later he 
himself, Jacob and Leah, Isaac and Re- 
beccah and possibly Joseph, were buried 
in the cave. The cave has always been 
revered by the Jews. During the time of 
Crusader supremacy, the Christian money 
from England and European continental 
countries erected many magnificent 
churches on sacred Biblical sites. It is 
believed that one of these churches was 
erected over the cave of Macpelah. When 
the Mohammedans conquered the land, 
the experience of the church at Hebron 
was in common with that of many other 
churches — all evidences that the Moslems 
could interpret as being distinctly Chris- 



tian were erased or destroyed and the 
structure converted into a Moslem 
mosque. Later the mosque was enlarged 
and beautified, but it is at present in a 
near dilapidated condition. The sheiks 
in charge are, however, zealous in keep- 
ing careful watch over it. The present 
sacred enclosure over the cave includes 
a mosque and the dwellings of dervishes, 
saints and guardians. Baedecker's "Pal- 
estine and Syria" of 1912 says as fol- 
lows : "Two flights of steps lead to the 
interior court. Unbelievers may ascend 
to the seventh step of the south flight of 
stairs. Beside the fifth step is a large 
stone with a hole in it, which is believed 
by the Jews to reach down to the tomb. 
On Friday Jews lament here as they do 
at the Wailing Place in Jerusalem. No 
Europeans, except a few of high rank, 
have hitherto been admitted. 

Since the late war opened many of 
these formerly closed places, it has been 
made possible for visitors to enter this 
sacred enclosure. It is still necessary, 
however, that they be provided with prop- 
erly issued "passes" (really polite re- 
quests that the visitors be admitted), is- 
sued by the Governor of Jerusalem and 
countersigned by the Hebron Governor. 
The writer was fortunate in gaining en- 
trance on several different occasions, al- 
though on one occasion considerable dif- 
ficulty was experienced due to failure on 
the part of the missionary guide to secure 
the proper "pass." The following is the 
description of this last visit as it was made 
in company with the Scotch missionary 
doctor of Hebron, the American Consul, 
his family and one other American. 

We ascended the steps from the south. 
At the fifth step the Missionary guide 
pointed out the stone with the hole in it 
believed to extend down into the tomb. 
He informed us that Jews frequently 
write letters to the patriarchs buried in 
the tomb, and place them into this hole. 
The letters are addressed to individual 
patriarchs and this is considered the post- 
office. There were no letters in the office 
at the time or we might have had another 
unique souvenir to bring to America. 

We proceeded up to the entrance. A 
rough, uncouth looking sheik met us 
there and demanded the pass. Unfortu- 
nately there was none, the missionary ex- 
pecting that the magic word "American" 



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would do the work — particularly since 
one of the party was the American Con- 
sul. The missionary and the sheik talked 
for many minutes and finally the head 
sheik of the mosque was called. The mis- 
sionary's pleas and arguments prevailed 
and we were ordered to .enter. We first 
needed to surrender cameras, canes and 
overcoats. The large slippers were then 
placed on our feet — over the shoes — so 
that no contamination might be carried 
into the sacred precincts. (The charge 
for these slippers was not less than two 
piasters each. More was quite accept- 
able.) We pushed our way past the large 
rugs hung over the doorway and were in- 
side. After passing through several door- 
ways and crossing a small court we stood 
in the mosque and directly over the large 
cave. We were in the Holy Place that 
for centuries had known no intrusion ex- 
cept by the faithful and the few unbeliev- 
ing infidels to whom the Sultan had is- 
sued passes. More than that, we were 
undoubtedly standing over the very cave 
in which nearly four thousand years ago 
were laid the remains of Abraham, the 
''Father of Multitudes." If sites and lo- 
cations may be called sacred, then we 
were indeed standing upon holy ground. 

Near the center of the mosque stand 
two large cenotaphs covered with richly 
embroidered cloth. These are said to 
stand directly over the burial places of 
Jacob and his wife Leah. (The other 
wife, Rachel, is buried near Bethlehem.) 
The covering of the tomb of Jacob is 
green with gold embroidery and that of 
Leah is crimson colored. These are 
shown in the accompanying photograph. 
Near the entrance to the mosque are the 
cenotaphs of Abraham and Sarah and a 
short distance away those of Isaac and 
Rebeccah. In a newer structure is still 
another for Joseph. (This last one is of 
particular interest since the Bible record 
states that the body of Joseph was taken 
by Israel with them in the Exodus, car- 
ried along during the long wilderness 
pilgrimage and finally buried near She- 
chem in the parcel of ground which 
Jacob bought. Possibly the Hebron Mos- 
lems had not read their Bible very care- 
fully before placing the tomb of Joseph 
at Hebron.) 

The floor of the mosque is covered 
with coarse, home woven carpet. The 



walls are somber colored except as re- 
lieved by the columns and lines of black 
and white painted stones. There is no 
furniture like chairs, tables, desks or 
benches. The worshippers sit or kneel 
on the carpeted floor. At one end of the" 
mosque, quite close to the cenotaph of 
Abraham, there is a small circular hole 
through the floor into the cave below. 
A small olive oil lamp is hung below the 
hole, giving a dim light to the otherwise 
dark cave. Visitors are permitted to peer 1 
through this hole but, unfortunately, it 
is too small to afford a satisfactory view. 
Immediately under the hole there is a 
large pile of what appears to be scrap 
paper. Instead of this, however, it hap- 
pens to be a pile of letters which the 
faithful • Moslems have written to the 
patriarchs and dropped through the hole 
into the cave. This was the second post- 
office. We concluded that, having lived 
so long ago and at a time when there was 
no regular mail service, Father Abraham 
either was not much interested in receiv- 
ing letters or else seldom called for his 
mail. The pile of letters was large. 

There is something impressive — one 
might almost say depressing — in connec- 
tion with a visit to this place. The un- 
responsive sheiks as they move about 
stealthily and quietly, the large empty 
room, the occasional droning of some 
sheik as he reads from the Koran, the 
sepulchral aspect of the cenotaphs and, 
in addition, the consciousness that you 
are in the presence of those honored dead 
— all these make a strange, indefinable im- 
pression on the visitor. Here lie Abra- 
ham, the man of such wondrous faith; 
Isaac, the obedient son; and Jacob, the 
shrewd Jew. What a strange paradox — 
the Christian with his tenets of love and 
forgiveness, the Jew with his unwavering 
confidence in his God who will lead him 
to an ultimate glorious victory over the 
Gentiles, and the Mohammedan with his 
bigotry and undying lust for the blood 
of the "unbelieving infidel dogs" — all 
these bow at this common shrine ! To all 
of them Abraham is "Father." 

Chicago, 111. 



It is not the revolutions which destroy 
the machinery but the friction. 



Work without worship means worry. 



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SERMON AGAINST SECRET SOCIETIES 

By Rev. Glenn E. Seamon, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio. 



TEXT. 

Is. 42, 8. "I am the Lord; that is my 
name: and m,y glory will I not give to an- 
other, neither my praise to graven images." 

John 5, 23. "That all men should honor 
the Son, even as they honor the Father. He 
that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the 
Father which hath sent him." 

John 14, 6. "Jesus saith unto him, I am 
the way, and the truth, and the life; no 
man cometh unto the Father but by me." 

Lev. 5, 4-5. "Or if a soul swear, pro- 
nouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do 
good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pro- 
nounce with an oath, and it be hid from 
him; when he shall know it, then he shall 
be guilty in one of these. And it shall be, 
when he shall be guilty in one of these 
things that he shall confess that he hath 
sinned in that thing." 

Rom. 14, 23. "Whatsoever is not of faith 
is sin." 

In Christ Jesus, Dear Fellow Believers. 

You have called me to be your pastor. 
In that call you specifically state that I 
am to preach the whole Word of God, 
and not only a part of it. I am bound, 
therefore, both by your call and by my 
own conscience to speak to you this morn- 
ing concerning secret societies. I shall 
say no more about them than the Word 
of God says, but that much I will and 
must say. I would have you understand 
from the very outset that it is nothing 
but love for your immortal souls which 
prompts me to discuss this subject. You 
will also remember that I am speaking 
to Christians, to people who know Christ 
and who want to serve him. To those 
who do not know and believe in Him, 
my words will mean nothing. The Bible 
is opposed to the lodge, and it is by the 
Bible that we shall pass judgment upon 
it. I will tell you plainly that the so- 
called secrets of the lodges are not secrets 
at all. Anyone who so desires can pur- 
chase their manuals and orders of cere- 
monies for from 15 cents to $1, but we 
are not to consider these now. If some 
of you desire to see certain of these man- 
uals, you may come to my study and I 
will give you some. We must judge 
lodgery by its own statements, by acts 
and deeds known and seen by all men. 
And these known facts will provide us 
ample evidence to convict it. What any 
man's opinion of the lodge may be 



amounts to little or nothing. It is what 
the Word of God has to say about such 
societies that is of the supreme impor- 
tance. Because some churches do not 
oppose it, because even some preachers 
belong to it, is no proof that the lodge is 
what it should be. For remember that 
whenever the devil wants to make a thing 
appear harmless he hunts up the preach- 
ers and the churches and tries to get them 
to put their stamp of approval upon his 
actions. So, as we before said, we are 
going to discuss the lodge on the basis 
of the inspired Word. The Evangelical 
Lutheran Church, which accepts the 
whole Word of God, must because of 
that very fact condemn the lodge, because 
the Word of God condemns it. And : 

Why Does the Word of God Condemn the 
Lodge? 

Because : 

I. The lodge denies the true God. 

II. The lodge rejects Christ in its re- 
ligious services. 

III. The lodge teaches salvation by 
works. 

IV. The lodge profanes the oath. 

V. The lodge practices a false charity 
and destroys the unity of the home. 

The lodge is, according to its own 
claims, a religious institution. How do 
we know that? Do not the lodges in- 
clude in their ceremonies the singing of 
hymns, the reading of the Bible or parts 
of it, and prayer? Do not all lodges have 
an order of funeral service which they 
style as such? Now any organization 
which by its own profession is a religious 
institution, must have a god which it 
worships. And we ask : "Who is the 
god of the lodge?" We get a very plain 
and clear cut answer. One thing sure 
he is not the God of the Bible. Let me 
ask those of you who belong to lodges : 
Have you ever heard the name of the 
Triune God mentioned in your lodge ? Do 
you there sing praise to, pray to and 
honor God the Father, God the Son, and 
God the Holy Ghost? Have you ever 
heard these three names mentioned to- 
gether as they are used in the Bible? If 
your lodge is obeying the rules as they 
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have to admit that you have not. Then, 
if the lodge does not worship the God of 
revelation, whom does it worship? The 
Woodman hails the god of nature. What 
does he mean by that? The Christian 
may think that it means the true God, 
but he is sorely mistaken. The god of 
nature is merely the idea of a being high- 
er than man, and may be anything but 
God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 
The Masons declare that the religion of 
their lodge is pure theism. What may 
that be? It means that they believe in 
something higher than man, and nothing 
more. Do not the heathen in Africa and 
China do the same? And by the way, 
are you aware of the fact that there are 
almost as many Masons in China as there 
are in the United States of America? 
Those men know nothing of the True 
God and his Word. What god do they 
worship in their lodges ? It certainly can- 
not be the One True God, for they know 
nothing of Him, yet Masonry claims to 
be the same the world over, and we ac- 
cept that statement as true. So by their 
claims we must assert that they do not 
worship the True God. The same must 
be said of the Odd Fellows, who serve 
a "supreme being." This is also true of 
the Knights of Pythias, and of them all. 

And now let us take a look at the men 
who make up the lodges. What kind of 
men are they? How many of them are 
Christians ? How many are church mem- 
bers? And what do those worship who 
do not accept the Bible ? The religion of 
the lodge must be made broad enough so 
that it will offend none. And the result 
is a denial of the True God. Jew and 
Gentile, Christian and heretic, sit side by 
side in the lodge room and join in the 
worship. What kind of a god must that 
be, who is pleasing to them all? He is 
not God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 
Such a scene reminds one of an old Ger- 
man proverb : "Jud' Heid' und Hotten- 
tot, sie glauben all 5 an einen Gott." 

And now let us see who the God is 
whom Christians serve. In our text we 
read : "I am the Lord ; that is my name : 
and my glory will I not give to another, 
neither my praise to graven images." The 
God, whom the true believer worships 
and serves, is the God of revelation. He 
who has revealed himself as Father, Son 
and Floly Ghost, He who has created, re- 



deemed and sanctifies fallen men, He who 
is Lord of heaven and earth, is the God 
in whom the faithful Christian puts his 
trust and to whom he prays. And he 
tells us that he is a jealous God, who will 
not allow the honor which is his to be 
given to another. When the members of 
any organization change him in any way 
or worship him only as the Grand Archi- 
tect of the Universe, the Supreme Being, 
the God of nature and the like, they are 
denying him and placing in his stead a 
god of their own making. To worship 
any but the one True God is to merit his 
displeasure, yea, his condemnation. Thus 
it is evident that the lodge transgresses 
the very first commandment of the Law, 
which says : "I am the Lord thy God. 
Thou shalt have no other gods before 
me." 

But someone will say : "I do not be- 
lieve in the god of the lodge. I am a 
Christian, and believe what the Bible 
teaches about God. "Very well, then, 
my dear brother, why do you not leave 
the lodge? Can you not see that by at- 
tending the meetings of such an organi- 
zation you are placing your stamp of ap- 
proval upon what is being said and done 
there? You have taken an obligation to 
observe all the rules and laws of your 
lodge, and if you do not believe what the 
lodge teaches about its god, you are a 
traitor to it and have broken your oath. 
As long as you remain with the lodge, 
take part in its ceremonies and support 
it with your money, you are guilty of 
denying the True God, if not with your 
heart then with your deeds and your 
words. And you all know that the only 
way we have to judge a man's faith is by 
the confession of his life and lips. 

If the god of the lodge is the true God 
then why do we need the church? Let 
us all join the lodge and be saved. But 
as we have seen the lodge is guilty of 
denying the God of revelation, and the 
only logical thing for the man who is a 
Christian and who wants to serve him, 
to do, is to stay out of the lodge, or if he 
has become entangled in its meshes 
through ignorance he is in conscience 
bound to declare his withdrawal at once. 

Again the church must condemn the 
lodge because it purposely omits the name 
of Jesus from all its religious practices. 
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they honor the Father. He that honoreth 
not the Son, honoreth not the Father 
which hath sent him." These are the 
words of Jesus himself. Are they not 
plain and easily understood? How can 
any man who is a Christian read them 
and then say that to wilfully omit the 
name of Jesus from the prayers of the 
lodge is not sin? Who is it that is hon- 
ored in the church ? I call you to witness. 
Will you not have to admit that every 
Sunday you hear from this pulpit nothing 
but the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is 
able to make men wise unto salvation? 
What of the lodge? How many of you 
who are lodge members have ever heard 
the name of Jesus mentioned there? You 
all know our doxology which we sing at 
the close of the service. Here is the way 
the Elks sing it : "Praise God from whom 
all blessings flow, Praise Him all crea- 
tures here below ; Praise Him above for 
all that's good, Praise God for our true 
brotherhood." Now please tell me why 
they change that last line, which says : 
"Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost"? 
They do it because the name of Jesus is 
mentioned there and they do not want to 
worship him. There can be no other rea- 
son. If they do these things in public, 
where they can be seen and heard by all, 
can you imagine that they worship Christ 
in the lodge room with the doors locked, 
the guard set, and the blinds drawn ! It 
cannot be. Now let us look at the Wood- 
man funeral ritual. You all know that 
it is not secret. I challenge any man to 
show me the name of Christ in it. If 
you are a Christian, when do you most 
need the comfort and solace which Christ 
alone is able to give? Is it not in the 
hour of death? Is it not when the grim 
reaper has entered your home and re- 
moved one of your loved ones? Yet in 
such an hour the lodge knows no Christ. 
Just think of it, a funeral service with- 
out the Christ, a death without a Saviour ! 
What a death that must be ! Do you re- 
alize what it means? No Christ, no 
crown. Can any lodge man tell me why 
when the Bible is read in the lodge the 
name of Jesus is passed over and omitted 
whenever it occurs in the sacred text? 
Surely there is but one answer; they do 
not worship Him there. 

But someone will say : "The Masons 
in the. higher degrees do worship Christ." 



They tell us that they have things about 
which we know nothing, and that if we 
want to know what Masonry is we should 
go and join the Masons. But please tell 
me why there are Jews who belong to 
these higher degrees? Do they worship 
Christ? If faith in Christ is necessary to 
membership in these degrees, how did 
these men get in ? Were they converted ? 
If they were, then pray tell me, why they 
still profess to be Jews? Let us ask 
Christ whether he is worshiped in the 
higher degrees of Masonry. He answers 
us in the words of Is. 55, 1 : "They 
shall come to me without money and 
without price." But what does Masonry 
say? "You must pay, and you must pay 
well, before you can get to those degrees 
where we even permit you to mention his 
name." And how are all the Masons 
saved who die before reaching those de- 
grees? They must be saved without 
Christ. And even when these lodges do 
mention the name of the Saviour they 
profane it. How would you like to take 
the Lord's Supper out of a little skull? 
Well, that is what they do in those much 
famed higher degrees of Masonry. They 
dishonor and blaspheme His name, in- 
stead of honoring it. 

What is true of these lodges which we 
have mentioned is true of them all. They 
either do not mention the name of Christ 
at all, or if they do use it it is used in a 
blasphemous manner. The lodges ex- 
clude the name of Jesus from their re- 
ligious services, and the Word of the 
Master very aptly applies to them: "He 
that .denieth me before men, him will I 
deny before my Father which is in 
heaven." 

But some men who are in the lodge are 
Christians. No one denies that. The 
trouble is that they have been lured and 
coaxed into the lodge not knowing what 
it really is. And those men will tell us 
that they still worship Christ. Dear 
brother, we will not deny that. You 
may have the sincere desire to serve your 
Master and we are glad if you have, but 
if you belong to a lodge you are guilty 
of denying the Saviour nevertheless. 
That is a fact. It cannot be contraven- 
ed. Did not Jesus say that we are to 
confess him at all times and before all 
men? Now when you go to lodge, what 
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dishonored, hear His Word mutilated, 
and see it trampled under foot. What 
should you do? If you want to serve 
him as you say you do, then you are 
bound by your faith, by the Word of 
God and by your own conscience to arise 
and tell those men of their sin and to call 
upon them to repent. Have you done 
that? If you have not you are guilty of 
denying the Christ. You cannot wor- 
ship Him on Sunday in the church and 
deny him on Monday night in the lodge 
room and still claim to be his disciple. 
Just attempt to tell those men once what 
they should be told about their denial of 
the Saviour and they will throw you out 
of the lodge room into the street. You 
cannot honor the Father unless you honor 
the Son. And all the lodges are guilty 
of denying the Son. This proves still 
more strongly that they deny the True 
God, who is Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 
The Christian has only one course to fol- 
low. If he is a real Christian he must 
shake the dust of the lodge from his feet 
and join with those who testify against 
such a denial of the Saviour. 

We have seen that the lodge is a re- 
ligious institution, that it worships a god 
of its own making, and that it excludes 
Christ from its religious services, but be- 
ing a religious institution it must have 
and teach some doctrine of salvation. 
This it indeed does. I could take the 
manuals of the various lodges and show 
you this very plainly, but we do not need 
their so-called secret work in order to 
establish this fact. W r e shall turn again 
to their funeral rituals, which you all 
know are not secret. 

(To Be Continued) 



' 'There is a place where thou canst touch 

the eyes 
Of blinded men to instant perfect 

sight ; 
There is a place where thou canst say 

"Arise" 
To dying captives bound in chains of 

might ; 
There is a place where thou canst reach 

the store 
Of hoarded gold and free it for the 

Lord; 
There is a place upon some distant shore 
• Where thou canst send the worker or 

the word. 



There is a place where God's resistless 
power 
Responsive moves to thine insistent 
plea. 
There is a place — a simple trusting place, 
Where God Himself descends and 
fights for thee. 
Where is that blessed place? Dost thou 
ask where? 
O, soul, it is the secret place of 
prayer'." 



"Occasions do not make a man frail, but 
they show what he is." 



Mt\n& from Worfeerg 



By the time the October number of 
the Cynosure reaches our readers, many 
of our young men and women will have 
left for various schools of learning. 
Would it not be well for parents of such 
to send a copy of our paper to the read- 
ing room of said schools? It may be the 
means of saving many a youth from tak- 
ing the first step in lodgery. 



Rev. A. C. Swartzendruber writes : "I 
see by the Cynosure that there are those 
who are willing to expose the teachings 
of the secret orders. If there is anything 
good about them, people should know it 
and if evil they should surely know that 
and when there are those that are pos- 
sessed [trapped] and want to be free, 
thev should be made free indeed." 



Our long-time friend, Mr. A. Muller, 
sends $5 that the Cynosure may be sent 
to ''those old men who have become too 
poor to pay for it. I have read of sev- 
eral that would like to have the Cynosure 
but the smallness of their income would 
not allow the expense." 



We look not at the things which are 
seen, but at the things which are not seen ; 
for the things which are seen are tem- 
poral ; but the things which are not seen 
are eternal. — II Cor. 4:18. 



The Bible promises no loaves to the 
loafer. 



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EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. | 

REV. W. B. STODDARD. 

This fifteenth day of September finds 
me at the Wesleyan Methodist parsonage, 
Holland, Michigan. The month has gone 
all too quickly for the work in hand. I 
much regretted my inability to reach 
friends in Logan County, Ohio. While 
at work in the Buckeye state I heard 
little of the doings of the animal named 
lodges. A few towns had been selected 
for their circuses, dances, etc. The Ku 
Klux Klan seems to be attracting chief 
attention in the section I visited. On 
many farms crosses had been burned in 
the night. The new and novel naturally 
created inquiry. With the automobile it 
was not difficult to reach distant places. 
Farmers not in attendance at these meet- 
ings reported disturbances at all hours 
of the night and early morning made by 
those attending. Fields were guarded by 
men in Klan garb so that only the de- 
sired could get close to the burning cross. 
Speeches delivered by ministers and oth- 
ers were supposed to set forth the ob- 
jects of the Klan and get initiates. It 
was said the evil of the Catholics was 
especially set forth. They formed secret 
societies and did bad generally it was 
said. Protestants were urged to fight 
them in the same way. "Fight fire with 
fire" appeared to be the doctrine. 

When I was in conversation with a 
friend at Weilersville, Ohio, a young 
man who overheard interrupted by say- 
ing, "I beg your pardon, sir, I belong to 
two lodges and the K. K. K. is just like 
them — all founded on the Bible !" It goes 
without saying that his ignorance of the 
Bible was deplorable, yet are there not 
thousands like him? I noticed a man 
decorating his auto with flags, another 
remarked, "One hundred per cent Amer- 
ican." The reply came, "You are d ■ 

right !" His oath thus showed him to 
be one hundred per cent sinner. Doubt- 
less the Catholics are bad enough and 
should be restrained if getting more than 
their share, but class legislation is un- 
American for either Protestant or Cath- 
olic. The Christ spirit would show "the 
more excellent way." Favorable oppor- 
tunities for the presentation of our mes- 
sage have been many. There were over 
two hundred at the Brumbaugh family 



►VVunion held near Canton, Ohio. Your 
representative was among the speakers. 
I naturally referred to the advantage 
some had in parentage. As we grow 
older we appreciate more our advantage 
in having Godly parents. The older 
Brumbaughs have had the good judgment 
to keep out of the lodges and it is hoped 
the present generation will follow their 
example. There was a very large attend- 
ance of our Mennonite friends at the 
Beech Church, not far from Louisville, 
Ohio, on Sabbath, August the 9th. I re- 
sponded to the invitation to speak at both 
morning and evening services, with an 
added address to the Sabbath school. My 
message fitted in nicely with the young 
people's subject for the evening. Life 
Insurance in the Light of God's Word 
was their theme. A good policy for the 
Christian is found in the Ninety-first 
Psalm. I did not stop for meetings at 
Canton, Akron or Cleveland, Ohio, but 
after looking up Cynosure and other in- 
terests hastened on to Wadsworth, where 
I spoke in two country churches known 
as Guilford Center and Bethel. Both at- 
tendance and contributions manifested a 
continued interest in the Association's 
work. I found my good helper at Kid- 
ron, Ohio, ready as ever to help me in 
securing Cynosure subscriptions. A meet- 
ing was held in the new Tabernacle erect- 
ed there. I could not see how many were 
in attendance as the electric lights failed 
us, the only light being on the speaker's 
desk. There were many autos about and 
some listened at the door. I suppose 
some came as they might go to a Klan 
meeting, out of curiosity. God helped us 
to give some light at some appreciated. 
The Oak Grove Mennonite friends near 
Smithville, Ohio, welcomed our address 
Sabbath, September the 2nd. It was esti- 
mated there were at least six hundred 
present at this meeting. The men's side 
of the house being as fully occupied as 
the women's. These people evidently be- 
lieve in the church and attend it. Many 
good things were said. The superintend- 
ent's illustration of the life of the Chief 
Apostle before and after conversion was 
especially helpful. A run to Christian 
enabled me to meet our General Secretary 
and Editor in brief conference before 
coming to work here. As heretofore I 
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ids, Michigan, that city being the "Jeru- 
salem" for many of the Reformed faith. 
The Domine of the First Christian Re- 
formed Church again offered the hos- 
pitality of his home and helped in the ar- 
rangement for me to address his young 
people at their Sabbath School hour, 
which was largely devoted to a considera- 
tion of the lodge question. In addition 
to personal contribution, an offering of 
$17.36 was made by the children in aid of 
our work. I found the Christian Re- 
formed Church High School at Grand 
Rapids overcrowded with some four hun- 
dred bright, active young ladies and gen- 
tlemen, eager to get the knowledge there 
imparted. They have an able faculty of 
eighteen teachers. By request of the 
Senior Professor I was given the pleasure 
of bringing a message during their morn- 
ing devotional period. On coming to 
Holland, I found our ex-President Heem- 
stra in health pushing his church work 
with accustomed vigor. He has kindly 
arranged for me to address his people to- 
morrow evening. In the morning I speak, 
the Lord willing, in the Wesleyan Church. 
Meetings for Monday and Wednesday 
evenings are advertised for the Ninth 
Street Christian Reformed Church of 
this city and the First Christian Reformed 
Church of Grand Haven, Michigan. On 
Friday afternoon I am expected to ad- 
dress the Theological students with oth- 
ers at Calvin College, Grand Rapids. Ap- 
pointments for Sabbath the 23rd are also 
in Grand Rapids. The Wesleyan Meth- 
odist Church in the morning and the 
Leonard Street Christian Reformed in 
the evening. Domine C. Maring, who 
helped us so splendidly in the Iowa cam- 
paign some years since, is now at Mc- 
Bain, Michigan. It had been my hope to 
have meetings which he should arrange 
at this time, but obstacles make it neces- 
sary to wait for a later date. Oh, how 
much there is to be done with so few to 
do ! Shall we not pray more earnestly 
that the Lord of the harvest may send 
the laborers into his field. Were not the 
space allotted me already occupied I 
should like to write of the two excellent 
sermons on the "Signs of the Times" 
and "Great Calamities" to which I was 
privileged to listen. How wonderfully 
Scripture is being fulfilled in "our times." 



THE SECRET GRIP— DANGER! 

J. B. Van den Hoek. 

It was our privilege recently to spend 
three weeks in traveling in Wisconsin and 
Iowa. We planned with our secretary, 
W. I. Phillips, to give a few lectures. 

It is surprising how little people in 
general know about the alarmingly great 
system of Secret Societies. The Christian 
Reformed people, as a church, make no 
exception. Many of us do not see the 
extended hand, the spread fingers, the 
grip for our very liberty of the Lodge 
fiend ! 

Hence every congregation should have 
not less than one address or lecture each 
year. Only people will listen — mouth 
open — if they can only be convinced to 
come to the meeting, which has been an- 
nounced. Well, this time we dropped 
down, or went up, if north is highest from 
Hills, Minn., via St. Paul, upon Baldwin, 
Wisconsin. Rev. S. G. Brondsema, for- 
merly a strong friend of the National 
Christian Association at Colton, So. Dak., 
is pastor of this flock. 

The consistory announced a lecture by 
the writer and we met a full house. All 
listened for one and one-half hours with 
the utmost attention. We got a fine col- 
lection and several Cynosures and Lodge 
books were taken. 

A week later we were found at Vesper, 
Wis., a few miles from Wisconsin Rap- 
ids, with its beautiful scenery and the 
falls and big dam in the Wisconsin River. 

At Vesper it was a rainy day. Still 
the church was nearly filled. An ex- 
pectant audience looked for the lecture. 
They took it all in. Cynosure and Lodge 
books were ordered. A good collection 
was given for the work, and "come again" 
was the parting word. 

Rev. John Van den Hoek is pastor 
here. 

Next we traveled west from this very 
center of Wisconsin to Mayo's clinic, the 
world renowned medical institution of 
the Mayo Brothers. 

The reader may remember that when 
Mrs. President Harding was a year ago 
stricken down so that death seemed to 
summon, one of the Mayos was hastily 
called to Washington to attend the case 
of the President's good wife. 

Well, this isn't the first time we had 
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the clinic. My dear wife had a day's 
treatment again with Radium or X-Ray. 
She is doing fine. She goes there every 
two months for examination or treat- 
ment. God has blessed the use of this 
Radium-X-Ray process wonderfully. The 
dreaded disease is under control now. 
And we may possibly live together a few 
more years. 

God is always good and merciful ! 

His chastisements will all soon turn 
into diamonds and rubies. His love is 
far surpassing all earthly tribulations. 

From Rochester we went south into 
the Des Moines, Iowa, region. We were 
to give a lecture in the Christian Re- 
formed Church at Otley, Iowa. Here 
Rev. F. J. Drost is shepherding the Lord's 
people. It rained and roads were bad, 
but we had a little crowd of dear friends 
who got the message. Rev. Drost is 
quite well informed on Masonry. A 
small collection will be forwarded to the 
office in due time. Some Lodge books 
and Cynosures were subscribed for. 

The following Sunday we filled the 
pulpit at Galesburg, Iowa. Here, 18 
years ago, we had been solemnly dedi- 
cated to the ministry by the "laying on of 
hands" by five ministers of Classis, 
"Iowa", now called classis "Pella." 

Was it not fine to see old time breth- 
ren and sisters once more? A fine din- 
ner was prepared in the parsonage of 
Rev. M. Borduin. Many neighbors had 
gone, though, to the other shore ! 

Three days later we were at the meet- 
ing of Classis "Pella" Convened at Sully, 
Iowa. Sec. Phillips had delegated the 
writer to represent our Association at 
this classical meeting. The brethren were 
very busy, but time for an address of 
twenty minutes was voted by the Classis. 
Many non-delegates and outsiders were 
present. The audience was eager for 
more light on the Lodge problem. This 
was a grand opportunity, as the delegates 
of this Classis return to their homes in 
Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico 
and California to tell of the Beast and 
his grip. 

We must be very grateful to this Classis 
for its kindness and good will, granting a 
full 20 minutes' time to one representa- 
tive. This reminds us of the amusing in- 
cident at Classis Illinois, Chicago, a year 
ago, where only ten minutes was voted 



to hear our address, but the president al- 
lowed us 20 minutes and his hammer nev- 
er came down, as he knew how the dele- 
gates needed the lecture in their own, the 
Dutch (Holland) language. 

And now we're back home. Work has 
piled up at our desk. The Lord may bless 
our frail efforts in crying out about the 
"sign of the Beast" and the coming, yes, 
even present, danger of this Secret Em- 
pire. It's the brood of Masonry. Born 
in the Apple Tree Tavern, London, only 
206 years ago. Her children are many 
today ! Ah ! the Masons did not build 
Solomon's Temple. No, the Christ, nor 
the Baptist, were not Masons. How blind 
and how foolish is the soul who believes 
such utterly untrue stories ! 

But the Lord of the Church is coming. 
And the whole brood will run ! But the 
sword of His eye will pierce them. And 
in faith we see them fall, never to rise 
again. For they have denied the Christ 
and they have taken His honor and His 
titles upon themselves ! 

Let us have unfettered citizens in a 
free Republic. 



Prof. Gaussen, of Geneva. 

As a skilful musician, called to ex- 
ecute alone some masterpiece, puts his lips 
by turns to the mournful flute, the shep- 
herd's reed, the mirthful pipe, and the 
war trumpet ; so the Almighty God, to 
sound in our ears His eternal Word, has 
selected from of old the instruments best 
suited to receive successively the breath 
of His Spirit. 



It's a funny world, isn't it, Family? 
Fellow died at Rockford, 111., the other 
day, leaving an estate valued at $75,000, 
and a will. He was a j'iner and was de- 
voted whole-heartedly to everything he 
joined. He was also fond of his wife. 

The will provides that the dear widow 
shall have the use of the whole dad-blasted 
$75,000 estate for five whole years, run- 
ning endways from the time of the turn- 
ing up of the toes of the said j'iner. Then 
it is to be divided into eighteen equal parts 
and each one of the many "bodies" with 
which the brother had been affiliated is 
to receive a' part. 

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A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE PROFES- 
SOR HENRY RICHEY SMITH. 

BY W. B. STODDARD. 

Professor Henry Richey Smith of 
Houghton, New York, Wesleyan College, 
is with us no more. This announcement 
was a shock to the writer, as also to his 
many friends. Cynosure readers of fif- 
teen years ago will recall Brother Smith's 
work with us. It was the pleasure of the 
writer to have his company in field work 
for a time. As we ate and frequently 
slept together, we became thoroughly ac- 
quainted. I found him to be what others 
knew him to be, an earnest Christian, 
cheerful and aggressive. His preparation 
in our line enabled him to defend the 
cause in private or public discussion. He 
did successful work, and we had hoped 
he might continue, but his call to the pro- 
fessorship, together with his marriage 
and home duties, changed his plan. He 
was born at Leonardsburg, Ohio, Septem- 
ber 17th, 1880, and passed to the larger 
life after an operation at Delaware 
Springs Sanitarium August 15, 1923. He 
was given the Master's degree by Cornell 
University and was a beloved teacher in 
the school of his choice. A close friend 
wrote of him : "He was always kind and 
thoughtful for the welfare of all whom 
it was within his power to help in any 
way. One of the marked characteristics 
of his life was his hatred of everything 
that savored of deceit, and his love of 
truth and right." The world is better 
and brighter for his having lived. To his 
beloved wife and children, together with 
the aged parents and aunt, who will miss 
him so much we extend sympathy. The 
Providence that called him so soon from 
a place where he seemed to be so much 
needed is mysterious to us, but we have 
the blessed assurance that some day we 
shall know as we are known. Farewell, 
brother, 'till we meet again. 



DISTINCT AND SPECIFIC CALL. 

"He calleth thee." Mark 10:49. 

The divine call from God to man is 
voiced in a variety of ways, but is always 
a distinct message from a definite per- 
sonage to a specific individual. 

I. God, the Father, invites men to 



"come now and let us reason together'' 
(Isa. 1:18) that sin may be put away; 
God, the Son, invites all "that labor and 
are heavily laden" (Matt. 11:28-30) to 
come unto him for rest ; God. the Holy 
Spirit, says that "whosoever will" (Rev. 
22:17) may take of the water of life 
freely. 

II. The call comes by God's providence 
(Jer. 31 :18, 19) by his word (Psa. 119: 
105), through his servants (Num. 10:29) 
and through the church (Rev. 22 :17) and 
is repeated often and often again. 

III. The call of grace is to the sinful 
(Mark 2:17). the indifferent (Eph. 5: 
14), the self-righteous (Ezek. 33:15) 
and the anxious (Mark 10:49), and the 
supply is suited to the need (Phil. 4:19) 
of each and every one both in quality and 
quantity, because it is according to his 
riches in glory," which is limitless, un- 
failing and eternal. 

IV. It is the Father's call of love, 
"My Son" (Prov. 23:36), which is 
backed by Christ's assurance, "no wise 
cast out" (John 6:37), and is emphasized 
by the Holy Spirit's working in the heart 
(1 John 5:6). 

V. The call of love and mercy in- 
cludes all and excludes none ; obligates all 
and excuses none ; invites all and compels 
none ; but must be sought to be found 
and accepted to be enjoyed. God's free 
grace says : "Whosoever will, let him 
take." — Rev. F. S. Shepard. 



FREE SPEECH IN SALEM, PA. 
Salem, Pa., May 7, 1886. 
"To the Editor of the Weekly Witness : 

"A preacher who is doing evangelistic 
work came to this place April 23d, and 
preached in Walker's Hall every night, 
with acceptability, until the 3d inst. On 
this day he preached in the forenoon on 
extravagance in dress, and against wear- 
ing ornaments. This was not received 
with as much favor as former sermons. 
But the culmination was reached in the 
evening, when the speaker declared Chris- 
tians should not belong to secret societies. 
He first urged reasons against Freema- 
sonry, then gave general objections to 
them all. On the former, which he de- 
clared to be the mother of all the others, 
he urged that the company — Jew, Turk, 
deist, rum-seller, etc. — was unfit for a 
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urged. It (Freemasonry) claimed to be 
a religion, while it rejected the name of 
Jesus from its ritual and prayers, and 
also rejected women. The plea of benev- 
olence was declared to be a sham ; for 
they pledged to help only a select few, and 
of all moneys received only about ten per 
cent was used to relieve their own poor. 
They also rejected cripples and sick men, 
who are the natural and Biblical recipients 
of benevolence. Their taking of oaths 
was extra-judicial, and forbidden by the 
Bible — 'Swear not at all.' It gave them 
undue advantage over outsiders, which is 
un-American and dangerous to our gov- 
ernment. 

"General objections to all secret socie- 
ties were urged. They are dangerous to 
the government, as seen by the dyna- 
miters. The Molly Maguires were a 
secret society. Secret societies are not 
necessary for any good purpose. They 
cause waste of time and means. The re- 
ligion of Jesus was urged to be the rem- 
edy for all evils, while secretism was the 
cause of strikes and their attendant blood- 
shed. Most of the crimes in Ireland were 
caused by secretism. 

"The next day the horse-sheds, where 
the new preacher kept his horse, by per- 
mission, were nailed shut, and threats 
were made against him. Even church 
members offered to furnish tar and feath- 
ers to the rabble, to be applied to the 
preacher. An old man, who was supposed 
to favor the teaching, was pelted with rot- 
ten eggs on his way home. One of the 
preachers sided with the rabble, and said 
it was 'not preaching the gospel,' and it 
was 'condemning men unheard.' 

"The next night it was announced by 
the preacher that the following evening 
he would answer the objections present- 
ed. This night the rabble gathered 
around the building, beating it, screaming 
and howling, until after the close of meet- 
ing. Rotten eggs were thrown, one hit- 
ting a lady in the face. Out of a congre- 
gation of about seventy, all but four 
arose to endorse free speech. If secret- 
ism is of such a nature that it cannot be 
called in question, or the impropriety of 
it discussed without endangering one's 
life, or being insulted with rotten eggs, is 
it not dangerous to our country and to 
religion? And ought it not to be pro- 
hibited by law ? 

"Free Discussion/ - ' 



"Americus, Kan., Sept. 22, 1884. 

"Editor Cynosure: — Brother Starry 
and I were billed for work at Dunlap, 
Morris county, Kansas, on Friday, Sat- 
urday and Sabbath last. The meetings 
occurred in the Freedmen's Academy, 
where the Associate Presbyterians are 
conducting a mission among the colored 
people. There is a large colony of col- 
ored people there from Mississippi and 
other Southern states. The meeting was 
gotten up mostly by them, but all were 
invited, and all colors came. 

"On the first evening the house was 
filled and more than filled. The lodgemen 
were very boisterous ; so much so that 
a justice of the peace who was present 
was appealed to to keep the peace, but he 
replied that he was not running that 
meeting. When the eggs began to fly 
through the window, the Masonic jus- 
tice arose and fled. The degree was fin- 
ished, but could only be seen. 

"On the second evening the constable 
was sought, but he could not be found. 
The crowd gathered around the building, 
larger and fiercer than before. Work on 
the third degree had scarcely begun, when 
the attack was made. Eggs were thrown 
and pistols fired, but stones were the 
weapons that told. They beat down the 
heavy blackboard, which was nailed over 
the window. This gave them a clear view 
of Mr. Starry, who was standing just 
before the window. One stone of nearly 
half-pound weight, aimed with deadly 
skill, struck him on the cheek-bone and 
fell at his feet. Mr. Starry reeled and 
sank to a seat near by. The mob, no 
doubt, seeing all and believing that their 
work of death was done, stopped the at- 
tack and retired. Mr. Starry was taken 
to an upper room in an unconscious condi- 
tion. A physician examined and dressed 
the wound, and anxious friends did all 
that human hands could do to promote 
his comfort and his recovery. 

"No further demonstrations were made 
by the Masons until just about daybreak, 
when an ugly looking stranger came up 
the stairway, inquired for Starry, and 
when he learned that he was there and 
doing reasonably well, he said he wished 
to see him, and began to climb the stair- 
way. When he found that the guards 
would not allow him to enter, he retired 
as mysteriously as he came. 

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were so loud that Mr. Starry would not 
leave Dunlap alive that it was thought 
best not to remain there over Sabbath 
night. Mr. Starry, after two nights and 
a day, is up and around. He is not likely 
to experience any permanent injury from 
his wound, except a slight scar on his 
face. His greatest difficulty now is that 
the soreness makes it impossible to move 
his jaw, and so he is compelled to sub- 
sist on liquid food. 

"It is noticeable that the mob were all 
white, and they were inspired and direct- 
ed by the principal of the white public 
school and by a local Methodist preacher. 
The colored people time and again ex- 
claimed, 'This is worse than the South !' 
This beats Mississippi, etc. 

"It remains now to be seen whether 
Kansas will do better than the South in 
bringing the offenders to justice. 

"[They did no better.] 

"P. S. Feemster." 
Weekly Witness of New York: 



A METHODIST TO METHODISTS. 



But Equally Applicable to All Evangelical 
Denominations. 

An editorial in the "Northwestern 
Christian Advocate" of May 9, referring 
to the recent great revival in Ireland un- 
der the leadership of Evangelist W. P. 
Nicholson, declares : 

"Converts by thousands, prayer meet- 
ings springing up in the shops and facto- 
ries, a new demand for the Scriptures, a 
revival of song; . . . the religious 
life of the North of Ireland has received 
a tremendous impetus. 

"God is not limited to national barriers. 
The ocean need not stop the progress of 
awakening. If His Spirit is evidencing 
the everlasting miracle of conversion in 
Ulster, He is not less willing to manifest 
Himself here, where the need is no less. 

"Our machinery is tremendous, but our 
output is scant ... In many a bare 
pasture the 'hungry sheep look up and 
are not fed' . . . Shall the Church's 
candlestick be removed from its place? 
Shall another take our crown of service 
and spiritual success? Methodism came 
into being on the wings of flaming re- 
vival. In the red hot fires of constrain- 
ing love, Wesley and his compeers, their 



own hearts glowing, kindled the altar fires 
of Calvary in all the English-speaking 
world. Has the lamp of God died out in 
the tabernacle? Is there no longer a 
Shekinah over the ark?" 

Thank God for the foregoing ! Would 
that it might find a quick response, not 
only in every Methodist h,eart, BUT 
ALSO IN EVERY PROTESTANT 
HEART THROUGHOUT CHRIST- 
ENDOM ! W r ould that Methodism born 
and reared in revival might again re- 
sound with the shouts of new-born souls 
and the hallelujahs of blood-cleansed 
saints ! An English publication, referring 
to the Irish revival, says : 

"Every day the tide of blessing is ris- 
ing and flowing over. It would be inter- 
esting to have a list of all the characters 
who have come out on the Lord's side, 
and who are now working hard to get 
others saved — including publicans, box- 
ers, gamblers, thieves, gunmen, as well 
as respectable church-going people who 
had never been 'born again.' The secret 
of Mr. Nicholson's success is a yielded 
and Spirit-filled life, a genuine belief in 
the inspiration of the Bible from Genesis 
to Revelation, and a fearless declaration 
of the same." 

Mr. Nicholson is once more in Amer- 
ica beginning a year's campaign in Los 
Angeles under the auspices of the Bible 
Institute of that city. Pray for that cam- 
paign ! Pray that EVERY evangelical : 
Bible training school and church in Amer- 
ica may be driven to prayer for a fresh 
visitation from heaven, as of a mighty 
rushing wind ! 



PRESIDENT COOLIDGE'S RELIGION. 

Oues. — Of what church and of what 
fraternal organizations is President Cool- 
idge a member ? 

Ans. — President Coolidge is not a 
member of any church, but he regularly 
attends the Congregational church. His 
wife and two sons belong to the Congre- 
gational church and when in Washington 
Mr. Coolidge and his family attend the 
First Congregational church. The presi- 
dent is not a member of any secret fra- 
ternal organizations. — Pathfinder. 



- Satan has many tools, but a lie is a han- 
dle that fits them all. 



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187 



REASONS FOR RENOUNCING FREE 
MASONRY. 

J. A. Smith. 

Dear Brother : Your letter asking of 
the truth of a report that I had publicly 
denounced Masonry was received in due 
time. In answer I will say that I did 
upon the 2nd day of September, 1881, 
publicly renounce my allegiance to all 
secret societies. 

I will now in the utmost candor, and 
with the kindest feelings, answer your 
"why so?" 

I do not "think hard or strange" of 
your asking the question. Nor that you 
and your friends were surprised when 
you heard this report, as my perfect fra- 
ternity with all the members of your lodge 
during a residence of seven years at 
Marionville, my zeal for the order during 
this time, and the interest I took during 
the last two or three years as Master and 
Past Master, both in perfecting myself 
in the "work" and in conferring the de- 
grees, would indicate a mind wholly sat- 
isfied with the institution of Free 
Masonry. 

In my case, however, this was not 
strictly true, as I have had some mis- 
givings on the subject for years. 

With the moral teachings of Masonry 
I have ever been charmed; with much of 
the ceremonies I have been fascinated; 
but I have learned that as the most dan- 
gerous counterfeits are those most like 
the genuine, so, too, the most pernicious 
errors and practices are those most likely 
to be taken for the truth, and for the 
right; and after the most careful investi- 
gation, I have come to the following con- 
clusions : 

First:- That the assumption of 

DIVINE RECOGNITION IN MASONRY IS 

wrong. Free Masonry, as all must ad- 
mit, is either of Divine or of human 
origin. If it were a Divine institution it 
would then be set forth, or at least recog- 
nized by the Author in His revealed word 
to man. But as I find the Bible entirely 
silent, not even hinting at its existence, 
I conclude that Free Masonry is not 
"ancient" or that it had no existence as 
an institution recognized of the Almighty 
at the time of Bible occurrences or Bible 
writings; or if it had, then I conclude 
that the Bible surely can not be a Divine 



revelation. With such a dilemma before 
me I must decide that Free Masonry is a 
human affair, without any recognition of 
God. Well, then, if so, or if otherwise, 
when and whom did God authorize to 
carry it on in His name? Have I any 
right to appear in His name before the 
people in any capacity without special 
command, or at least permission from 
God? I have trembled as I thought of 
my responsibility, when doing this while 
Master of your lodge, as I was thereby 
virtually saying that I was God's agent, 
doing His work, and if so, He was re- 
sponsible for what I did in His name. 

God has authorized men to do some 
things in His name. I may officiate at 
the altars of the Christian Church in His 
name, for I have a commission from the 
Father through His Son Jesus Christ, 
sealed on my heart by the Holy Spirit, to 
preach Christ and Him crucified for sin- 
. ners. But, as you know, in the lower 
degrees, at least, Christ is not known at 
Masonic altars, and God's word tells us 
(Acts iv: 12) "There is none other name 
under heaven given among men whereby 
we must be saved," but the name of Jesus 
Christ. 

Jews, Mohammedans, and even infidels, 
if they admit the existence of but "one 
living and true God," may be as good 
Masons as you or I, and yet reject Christ 
altogether ; yet we meet such in the lodge 
as equals and yoke- fellows. But God has 
said in His word, "Be ye not unequally 
yoked together with unbelievers, for 
what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness, and what communion 
hath light with darkness?" (2nd. Cor. 
5: 14.) 

Second : That the obligations and 
penalties are "evil." In the Sermon 
on the Mount, Christ taught : "But I say 
unto you, Swear not at all: neither by 
heaven, for it is God's throne ; nor by 
the earth, for it is His footstool ; neither 
by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the 
great King. Neither shalt thou swear by 
thy head, because thou canst not make 
one hair white or black. . But let your 
communication be yea, yea ; nay, nay : for 
whatsoever is more than these, cometh of 
evil." (Math, v: 34-37.) 

The Great Teacher could not have 
made the above any plainer ; and yet how 
much more than "yea and nay" do 



190 



CHRISTIAN CYNOSURE 



October, 1923. 



yet blasphemous in some of its cere- 
monies. 

As teaching many choice moral pre- 
cepts, yet utterly failing in example ; thus 
leading men away from God, rather than 
to the Saviour of the soul. 

As an association of wicked men, rath- 
er than of Christian believers. 

A3 squandering precious time and 
money for self gratification, instead of 
for the good of humanity, and the spread 
of the Redeemer's kingdom. 

As the "some other way" than the 
"Door" Jesus Christ, by which men ex- 
pect to enter the "sheepfold" of Eternal 
Rest, whom the Saviour denominates 
"thieves and robbers." 

You will see that my decisions were 
not hastily made, and that there has not 
been a sudden reversion of feelings and 
sentiments relative to Masonry. For 
months I had been pondering over the 
subject and praying for Divine leading, as 
I was unwilling to take this last step un- 
less fully convinced of my duty to do so. 
And not until thus assured — not by per- 
suasions or arguments of others, but by 
the light of God's Spirit, did I decide to 
cut loose from all human entanglements 
and holding on to God alone, go forward 
in this new-found "light," and the 
"light" that has since shined into my soul 
far transcends the seven times repeated 
beam received at Masonic altars, for that 
light had become darkness. ("If, there- 
fore, the light that is in thee be darkness, 
how great is that darkness.") But now, 
"as at the beginning," God has said, "Let 
there be light/' and there is "light." 

For the membership of the Order I 
cherish the kindest feeling. Your lodge 
conferred on me all the honors that Ma- 
sonry knows, and my treatment at the 
hands of your members has ever been 
such that I shall remember each with the 
kindest regards. Many, I am persuaded, 
will be grieved at this step I have taken ; 
others will be angry, as I deem them 
honest in their adherence to Masonry, 
they not having received "more light/' 
as I have done. Though we will meet no 
more as Masons, yet may 1 express the 
wish that we may meet as brothers in the 
"great human family." May I meet each, 
as one of that family who dares maintain 
the right and oppose the wrong at any 
cost of public opinion ; and who is ready 



to follow his Master, if need be, to the 
sufferings of martyrdom itself, if thereby 
I may lead some of my brethren to the 
"True Light which lightest every man 
that cometh into the world," even as Jesus 
Christ, the only Saviour of mankind. 



THE WILL OF GOD. 

By Andrew Murray. 

In sickness, when doctors and medi- 
cines fail, recourse is generally had to 
the words here quoted, and they easily 
become a stumbling block in the way of 
divine healing. "How may I know," is 
asked, "whether it is not God's will that 
I should remain ill ? And as long as this 
is an open question, how can I believe 
for healing, how can I pray for it with 
faith?" Here truth and error seem to 
touch. It simply is impossible to pray 
with faith when we are not sure that 
we are asking according to the will of 
God. "I can," one says, "pray fervently 
in asking God to do the best for me, be- 
lieving that He will cure me if it is pos- 
sible." As long as one prays thus, one 
is praying with submission, but this is 
not the prayer of faith. That is possible 
only when we are certain that we are 
asking according to the will of God. The 
question then resolves itself into making 
sure of what is the will of God. I John 
5:14, 15. It is a great mistake to think 
the child of God cannot know His will 
about healing. 

To know His divine will, we must be 
guided by the Word of God. His Word 
promises healing. The promise of James 
5:14, 15 is so absolute it is impossible to 
deny it. Other passages tell us Jesus 
Christ obtained for us the healing of our 
diseases, because He bore our sickness. 
Matt. 8:16, 17; Isa. 53:3, 4, 5, 10, R. V., 
margin. I Peter 2 124. According to 
these words, we have a right to healing. 
It is a part of the salvation we have in 
Christ, and we may expect it with cer- 
tainty. Scriptures tell us that sickness 
is, in God's hands, the means of chasten- 
ing His children for their sins. I Cor. 
11:27-30; I Cor. 5:5; John 5:14. But 
this discipline ceases to be exercised as 
soon as His suffering child acknowledges 
and turns from sin. Deut. 7:15; Ps. 
103 :2, 3 ; Jas. 5 :i6. Is it not as much as 
to say clearly that God desires to make 



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use of sickness only to bring back His 
children when they are straying? 

Sick Christian, open thy Bible, study 
it and see that sickness is a warning to 
renounce sin, but that whoever acknowl- 
edges and forsakes his sins finds in Jesus 
pardon and healing. Such is God's prom- 
ise. 

Some say, "Is it not better to leave it 
to the will of "God?" And quote Chris- 
tians who would have forced the hand 
of God by praying without adding, Thy 
will be done. These say, "How do we 
know whether sickness would not be bet- 
ter for us than health?" This is no case 
of forcings the hand of God, since His 
word tells it is His will to heal us. "The 
prayer of faith shall save the sick." God 
wills that the health of the soul should 
have a blessed reflex influence on the 
health of the body, that the presence of 
Jesus in the soul should have its confirma- 
tion in the good condition of the body. 
Ill John 2 ; I Thess. 5 123, 24. And when 
you know that such is His will, you can- 
not, when speaking in such a way, say 
truthfully that you are in all things leav- 
ing it to Him. It is not leaving it to Him 
when you make use of all possible 
remedies to get healing, instead of laying 
hold of His promise. Your submission 
is nothing else than spiritual sloth in view 
of that which God commands you to do. 

As to knowing whether sickness is not 
better than health, we do not hesitate to 
reply that the return to health which is 
the fruit of the giving up sin, of the con- 
secration to God, and of ultimate com- 
munion with God is infinitely better than 
sickness. "This is the will of God, even 
your sanctification." I Thess. 4 13 ; and 
by healing God confirms the reality of 
this. When Jesus comes to take posses- 
sion of our body, and cures it miraculous- 
ly; when the health received must be 
maintained from day to day by an unin- 
terrupted communion with Him, the expe- 
rience we thus make of the Saviour's 
power and love is a result very superior 
to any sickness has to offer. Sickness 
may teach us submission, but healing, di- 
rect from God, makes us better ac- 
quainted with Our Lord, and teaches us 
to confide in Him better, and to serve 
Him better. 

Christians who are sick, if you will 
really seek to know the will of God in 



this thing, do not be influenced by the 
opinions of others, nor by your own 
former prejudices, but study "His 
Word." Ps. 107:10, R. V. Examine 
whether it does not tell thee that divine 
healing is a part of the redemption of 
Jesus : Job 33 124 margin ; I John 3 :8 ; and 
that God wills that every believer should 
have the right to claim it ; see whether it 
does not promise that the prayer of every 
child of God for this thing shall be heard, 
and whether health restored by the power 
of the Holy Spirit does not manifest the 
glory of God in the eyes of the church 
and of the world. Luke 4:26; 13:12; 
17:15; Acts 3:8-10. Inquire of it: it 
will answer thee, that, according to the 
will of God, sickness is a discipline occa- 
sioned by sin or shortcoming, and heal- 
ing, granted to the prayer of faith, bears 
witness to His grace which pardons, sanc- 
tifies, and takes away sin. 

"How beautiful are the feet of them 
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring 
glad tidings of GOOD THINGS."— 
Rom. 10:15. 

— Sel. 



The incident presents a lot of fraternal 
problems. 

According to the law of the land, the 
lodges should get the money which would 
deprive the widow of an income sufficient 
to her needs, and all parties concerned 
should abide by the terms of the will. 

According to the laws of fraternity, 
the lodges should overlook the zeal of the 
deceased brother and protect his widow 
by refusing the bequests. 
The Kablegram. 

The will should have provided further 
that in case the income for the widow 
proves insufficient to maintain her, the 
various bodies should speak to the mem- 
bers about it and let her do their washing. 
Nothing like helping a brother's widow. 



Life is like an empty lamp without the 
oil of love. 



The burial of Christ was thought by 
his enemies to be the end; but in truth 
the grave was but the necessary way to 
his final and glorious victory. — Dr. J. R. 
Miller. 



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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4: 12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answered 


him: I 


spake 


openly 


to the 


world, 


and in 


secret 


have 1 


said nothing. 


—Joh 


n 18:20 



"BEHOLD THE LAMB!" 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

Before the world was made, 
The Lamb, in God the Father's sight, 
The sinner's debt had paid. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

To our dark earth He came, 
And John the Herald, Spirit-taught, 
Proclaimed this as His name. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 
That holy, sinless One, 
Unspotted through this world He walks, 
God's own beloved Son. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

Upon the Cross He cries, 
'Tis finished;" His great work is done, 
He bows His head and dies. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 
This Lamb for us was slain, 
That He might bear our sin away; 
And cleanse us from all stain. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

We soon from earth shall rise, 
In answer to His welcome call, 
To meet Him in the skies. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

Trust His redeeming love, 
And, thanking Him, go on your way 
To realms of joy above. 

—Harold F. G. Cole. 



OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CAL- 
VIN COOLIDGE. 

Dear President: 

You are worthy of respect for your 
high office, but more worthy for your 
high character. This open letter is writ- 
ten to you because of the proud boast of 
some Masons that they would soon have 
you in the Masonic Lodge. You have the 
reputation of being a man of discretion 
who does not take a hasty jump in the 
dark. It is the hope and prayer of your 



fellow citizens that you will continue to 
maintain that character. It is the ficti- 
tious claim of some that to maintain your 
high position with becoming grace and 
dignity you must needs be a member of 
prevalent secret societies, notably Free 
Masonry. It is in evidence, however, 
that two-thirds of the Presidents of the 
United States did not hold membership 
in the Masonic lodge. 

Why should it be considered on the part 
of the Masonic fraternity a necessity that 
you should belong to the order? Is it 
for your good? Is it for the good of 
the great body of the people of the United 
States ? Or is it "FOR THE GOOD OF 
THE ORDER"? True, there may be 
two million Free Masons in the United 
States; but there are about one hundred 
and ten million other people. It will be 
to your credit and to the satisfaction of a 
vast number of other people if you keep 
clear of this secret organization and every 
other. It is precious energy ill-expended 
and frittered away to speak for the mo- 
ment of nothing deeper. But there are 
deeper reasons. Under a tyrannical gov- 
ernment there might be some shadow of 
excuse for secret societies, but not so 
under the aegis of a republican form of 
government and such as ours. It is im- 
proper in its inception; it is improper in 
its principles ; it is improper in its prac- 
tices ; it is improper in its results. It 
cannot plead exemption from public in- 
quiry and investigation and discovery be- 
cause of its declared secrecy. 

We encourage you to continue to main- 
tain your simple standing as an American 
citizen away from ALL TILED CHAM- 
BERS ! 

Yours in Simplicity, 

Calvin Paden, 
Independence, Iowa, 



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Who Are Modern Prophets of Baal? Important for ministers. 10 cents. 
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Modern Woodmen of America — Illus. 45 cents. 
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There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
saved. 

— Acts 4:12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answerea 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
—John 18:20 



"BEHOLD THE LAMB!" 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 
Before the world was made, 
The Lamb, in God the Father's sight, 
The sinner's debt had paid. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

To our dark earth He came, 
And John the Herald, Spirit-taught, 
Proclaimed this as His name. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 
That holy, sinless One, 
Unspotted through this world He walks, 
God's own beloved Son. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

Upon the Cross He cries, 
'Tis finished;" His great work is done, 
He bows His head and dies. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 
This Lamb for us was slain, 
That He might bear our sin away; 
And cleanse us from all stain. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

We soon from earth shall rise, 
In answer to His welcome call, 
To meet Him in the skies. 

"Behold the Lamb of God!" 

Trust His redeeming love, 
And, thanking Him, go on your way 
To realms of joy above. 

— Harold F. G. Cole. 



OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CAL- 
VIN COOLIDGE. 

Dear President: 

You are worthy of respect for your 
high office, but more worthy for your 
high character. This open letter is writ- 
ten to you because of the proud boast of 
)some Masons that they would soon have 
you in the Masonic Lodge. You have the 
reputation of being a man of discretion 
who does not take a hasty jump in the 
dark. It is the hope and prayer of your 



fellow citizens that you will continue to 
maintain that character. It is the ficti- 
tious claim of some that to maintain your 
high position with becoming grace and 
dignity you must needs be a member of 
prevalent secret societies, notably Free 
Masonry. It is in evidence, however, 
that two-thirds of the Presidents of the 
United States did not hold membership 
in the Masonic lodge. 

Why should it be considered on the part 
of the Masonic fraternity a necessity that 
you should belong to the order? Is it 
for your good? Is it for the good of 
the great body of the people of the United 
States ? Or is it "FOR THE GOOD OF 
THE ORDER"? True, there may be 
two million Free Masons in the United 
States; but there are about one hundred 
and ten million other people. It will be 
to your credit and to the satisfaction of a 
vast number of other people if you keep 
clear of this secret organization and every 
other. It is precious energy ill-expended 
and frittered away to speak for the mo- 
ment of nothing deeper. But there are 
deeper reasons. Under a tyrannical gov- 
ernment there might be some shadow of 
excuse for secret societies, but not so 
under the aegis of a republican form of 
government and such as ours. It is im- 
proper in its inception; it is improper in 
its principles; it is improper in its prac- 
tices ; it is improper in its results. It 
cannot plead exemption from public in- 
quiry and investigation and discovery be- 
cause of its declared secrecy. 

We encourage you to continue to main- 
tain your simple standing as an American 
citizen away from ALL TILED CHAM- 
BERS ! 

Yours in Simplicity, 

Calvin Paden, 

Independence, Iowa, 



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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IMPU- 
DENCE EXPOSED. 

Just as President Harding passed away 
and Mr. Coolidge took up the duties of 
the Presidency the Knights of Columbus 
held a convention in Toronto. They gave 
out a purported dispatch from President 
Coolidge warmly endorsing their order 
and commending them for their loyalty. 
The praise was fulsome and unstinted. 
Thousands of Americans were shocked 
and felt outraged at such laudation by 
the new President of such a society and 
especially so soon after the death of Mr. 
Harding and after the recent promotion 
of Mr. Coolidge to be head of the Nation. 
It turns out that President Coolidge sent 
no such dispatch. Furthermore, he, or 
some one acting for him, compelled the 
Knights to admit the fraud and recall the 
alleged endorsement. Their explanation 
of how it happened that such a deception 
was attempted was as hypocritical and de- 
ceptive as the dispatch itself. It is grati- 
fying to know that the country so prompt- 
ly repudiated the alleged endorsement by 
the President and that he took prompt ac- 
tion to relieve himself from the stigma. 
As to the Knights of Columbus, they al- 
ready stand condemned for the use made 
of the millions collected for the soldiers 
and used for propaganda, as well as for 
their endorsement of some of their own 
criminal officers. They are a thoroughly 
discredited organization. 



Other lodges are also trying to have 
the President commit himself on the lodge 
question. 

To this end was I born, and for this 
cause came I into the world, that I should 
bear witness unto the Truth. Every one 
that is of the Truth heareth My voice. — 
John 18:37. 



Say what men may, one thing stands 
well attested through the ages, that wher- 
ever this belief in the Lord's literal return 
has gotten possession of men's hearts, it 
has invariably exalted the authority of the 
Word of God, emphasized all the doc- 
trines of grace, lifted high the cross of 
Christ, exalted the person and work of 
the Spirit, intensified prayer, enlarged 
beneficence, separated believers from the 
world, and set them zealously at work for 
the salvation of men. — Goodwin. 



ORANGEMAN'S OATH. 
"I, A. B., do solemnly and sincerely 
swear, of my own free will and accord, 
that I will be faithful and bear true alle- 
giance to his Majesty King George the 
Third, and that I will faithfully, and to 
the utmost of my power, support and 
maintain the laws and constitution of this 
kingdom and the succession to the 
throne of his Majesty's illustrious house. 
And I do swear that I am not, nor ever 
was a Roman Catholic, or Baptist, that I 
was not, nor ever will be a member of 
the society called United Irishmen, nor 
of any society or body of men who are 
enemies to his Majesty, or the Constitu- 
tion of these realms ; that I never took the 
oath of secrecy to that or any other trea- 
sonable or seditious society. And I sol- 
emnly swear that I will aid and assist all 
magistrates, and all high and petty con- 
stables in lawful execution of their office 
when called upon ; and that I will not be 
directly or indirectly concerned in ille- 
gally racking or destroying the house or 
property of any person whatever, be the . 
religious persuasion of such person what f 
it may. And I swear that I will be true 
to all Orangemen in all just actions; that 
I will neither wrong any, nor know any- 
one to be wronged, without giving him 
notice thereof, if in my power, so that he 
may avoid the same. And I solemnly 
swear in the presence of Almighty God 
that I will always conceal, and never will 
reveal, either part or parts of what is now 
to be privately communicated to me, un- 
less to a brother Orangeman, knowing 
him to be so by strict trial and due exami- 
nation, or from the word of a brother Or- 
angeman, or until I shall be authorized 
so to do by the proper authorities of the 
Orange Institution; that I will not write 
it, indite it, carve it, cut it, stain it, stamp 
it, or engrave it, or cause it to be done, 
so that the least part thereof may be 
known; and that I faithfully keep the 
secrets of an Orangeman, when given 
me as such, murder, treason, and all other 
unlawful actions excepted. And I fur- 
ther swear that I have not, to my knowl- 
edge or belief, been proposed and reject- 
ed or expelled from any other Orange So- 
ciety. So help me God, and keep me 
steadfast in this my obligation." — Texas 
Freemason, March, 1923. 



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THE CHURCH AND THE LODGE. 

Rev. L. A. Turner. 

The modern lodge, of which there are 
some 300 orders in this country, is one 
of the big factors in the life of today. It 
has become a mighty power in all human 
affairs, social, industrial, political and re- 
ligious. If it is good, uplifting, beneficial 
and Christian, as many claim, so much 
the better. If it is just the opposite — if 
it is evil, dangerous and anti-Christian, 
as some at least, are convinced, then so 
much the worse. This great power and 
influence in the world is either one thing 
or the other. Every citizen, especially 
every Christian, should satisfy himself 
which it is and regardless of previous at- 
titude or relationship with them, and all 
consequences, take his stand for or against 
according to what he finds to be its true 
character. 

The following articles have been writ- 
ten with the above in view, and to help 
the reader to ascertain what the lodge is, 
particularly from the Christian standpoint, 
and to decide his attitude accordingly. No 
I *me should be neutral on this issue, es- 
i^ecially the Christian believer. We be- 
lieve it is high time to speak out, to give 
our testimony, and to give no uncertain 
sound. 

We want to emphasize two things : 

First : We are not fighting the Lodge 
as such. We are not trying to destroy it. 
We could not if we wanted to; and if 
we could, we would not consider it worth 
while. If it was put out of existence, 
something else as bad or worse would 
doubtless take its place. It is doubtless 
as good as many other things for the 
worldly minded, the vast, unregenerate, 
unsaved portion of humanity. They run 
them, it is their institution, though there 
are some Christians and many church 
members in them. But such, with a few 
possible exceptions, follow the lead of the 
preponderating, unchristian part of the 
membership. It is natural, inevitable, and 
undeniable. Let the world have them — 
the lodges ! We have nothing against the 
lodge personally. It has never done us 
^ any harm that we know of — because we 
f have kept out of them, thank God. We 
do not need them. We have our glorious 
salvation through faith in the Son of God, 
and we have our fellowship with the 
saints and the true Church of Christ on 



earth, and that is all we need or want. 
And we believe that is all anyone who has 
experienced full salvation needs or wants. 
I speak only in love — love of truth and 
love of souls. Not from spite or ill-will, 
as some have intimated. My father was 
an Odd Fellow in his earlier life: my 
father-in-law was a Mason; many of my 
best friends are in lodges. Why then do 
I write and preach against them? I will 
tell you : and that brings us to 

Second : What I am trying to do ; to 
keep as many of my Christian fellow-be- 
lievers out of the lodges as possible. "Be 
ye not unequally yoked together with un- 
believers," says Paul. (2 Cor. 6:14.) I 
will rejoice if I can prevent some at least 
who are not already in, especially the 
young, from entering the dark and evil 
secrets of the lodge. And if I can per- 
suade any of the lodge devotees to come 
out from among them and be separate, 
so much the better. Here then, you have 
my reason, briefly stated, for the follow- 
ing articles : 

We start out with four propositions : 

Proposition 1. The Lodge is a re- 
ligious institution. This we prove by 
lodge authors and authorities themselves, 
as well as from other sources. We quote 
from Masonic authors and books chiefly. 
But every one who is informed on the 
subject knows that Masonry is the father 
of modern lodges and of the whole lodge 
system, and that what is true of it is 
generally true of the Odd Fellows, 
Knights of Pythias, etc. 

We quote from Webb's Monitor, p. 
286: "The meeting of a Masonic lodge 
is a strictly religious ceremony." And 
from page 369 of the same: "All the 
ceremonies of our order are prefaced and 
terminated with prayer, because Masonry 
is a religious institution." 

It has creeds, rituals, chaplains, and al- 
tars; it uses the Bible in its meetings 
and ceremonies, it has prayers as stated 
above, it sings religious songs, it claims 
to be a religious institution, and the quo- 
tations above, which could be multiplied 
indefinitely from many authors, as well as 
the rituals, etc., prove it. We prove and 
emphasize this fact to start with because 
it is sometimes denied, even by Masons, 
that Masonry is a religious system. And, 
as we said, what is true of Masonry is 
true, generally speaking, of secret orders. 



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* So much for the lodge and religion. 

Proposition 2. Its religion is not 
Christian. This is as easily proven as 
Prop. 1 and in the same way. We turn 
to The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, by 
A. G. Mackey, who is reputed to be Ma- 
sonry's greatest authority, p. 162: "If 
Masonry were simply a Christian institu- 
tion, the Jew and the Moslem, the 
Brahman and the Buddhist, could not con- 
scientiously partake of its illumination. 
But its universality is its boast. In its 
language citizens of every nation may 
converse ; at its altar men of all religions 
may kneel ; to its creed disciples of every 
faith may subscribe." And p. 618 of the 
same: "Masonry is not Christianity." 

Because the lodge is a religious institu- 
tion, it does not follow by any means that 
it is Christian ; far from it. There are 
hundreds, if not thousands, of religions, 
but only one Christianity. And Masonry 
as well as some other lodges, if not all, 
are universal and take in many religions, 
as we will show. It has Jews, Moham- 
medans, Pagans, infidels, and so on with- 
out number. Consequently, it could not 
be Christian any more than it can be 
Jewish, Mohammedan, etc. And a man 
or institution must be altogether Christian 
or not Christian at all. Here is the "of- 
fense of the cross" (Gal. 5:11). It is 
Christ or nothing. "There is none other 
name under heaven given among men 
wherein we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 
It is not that all those religions are good, 
but that Christianity is the best. It is that 
all these other religions are wrong, false, 
a snare, and of the devil, and Christianity 
is the only one that is right and the only 
way of salvation. Nothing can be part 
Christian and part something else. But 
this is just what the lodge tries to do. It 
is "good Lord, good devil." And so are 
all they that are in it, whether they realize 
it or not. The greatest lodge authorities 
themselves assert this, though not in so 
many words possibly. And this is one 
of the greatest evils of the lodge business, 
that it compromises Christianity with 
many false religions and many things that 
are not only unchristian, but are anti- 
christian. And every one that joins in 
the lodge religion, which he must do if 
he is a member, by that act denies his 
Christian faith and the Lord that bought 
his salvation on the Cross. He may not 



realize it, he may not intend it, he may 
even deny it, but he cannot disprove it. 
And his influence is in that direction, 
whether or not he knows it, or wants it 
to be that way. So much for the Lodge 
and Christianity. 

The following two propositions prove 
the above still further and are conclusive. 

Proposition 3. Its religion rejects 
Christ. For one thing, Christ's name is 
carefully excluded from Masonic prayers 
and Scripture quotations : so it is of other 
lodges. Jud. Dec, G. L., Pa. : "To offer 
prayer in the name of Christ is contrary 
to the universality of Masonry." We 
give in full the testimony of a converted 
Jewish rabbi, bearing on this point. "Be- 
fore I entered the lodge I was told that I 
would not be required to believe in Jesus 
Christ as my Savior or Lord, for that was 
my objection to joining it as a conscien- 
tious, unregenerated Jewish Rabbi. I 
entered it and became in a short time 
Chaplain of the Mystic Lodge (Dayton, 
Ohio) as a Master Mason. When the 
Holy Spirit regenerated me, He also con- 
victed me of my sin, and my sins, ancL 
the very reason that prompted me to joiny 
the lodge urged me to forsake it according 
to 2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1. Max Wertheimer, 
Ex-Rabbi, July 20, 1918, Ada, Ohio, 
U. S. A." 

Herman Newmark, an English Jew, 
who went into Freemasonry in 1914, gives 
the same kind of testimony. When he 
joined he was assured that "the name of 
Jesus Christ was never mentioned in the 
lodge." He went through the three de- 
grees. He testifies that he was an infidel 
when he joined, "being a Jew in name 
only, as are multitudes of others today." 
He says, "Why did I leave the lodge ? 
Because I fell in love with Jesus Christ 
and gave Him my heart, and where His 
name is not mentioned is no place for 
me." What loyal follower of our Savior 
could feel otherwise? In Webb's "Free- 
mason's Monitor," a leading Masonic au- 
thority, p. 120, "In the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ" is omitted from 2 Thes. 
3:6. And in verse 12, "By our Lord 
Jesus Christ" is left out. This not only 
shows how the lodge denies Christ, but ' 
how it changes and mutilates the Holy 
Bible. But Rev. 22:19 says: "If any 
man shall take away from the words of 
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away his part out of the book of life, 
and out of the holy city, and from the 
things which are written in this book." 

Pres. C. A. Blanchard of Wheaton 
college, Wheaton, 111., is authority for 
the following statement : "I pause a sin- 
gle moment to name the crowning proof 
of this anti-Christian character (of the 
lodge) ; since the beginning of the world 
until now there was never but one society 
which struck the name of Jesus Christ 
out of the Word of God; religions have 
ignored the Bible, but aside from Free- 
masonry none have put the Bible forward, 
given quotations from it, and then 
stricken out the name of the Savior of 
the world." 

In Masonic burial services the name 
of Christ is entirely excluded. No Christ 
at the grave of the Mason! But Acts 
4:12 says : "Neither is there salvation in 
any other; for there is none other name 
under heaven, given among men, whereby 
we must be saved." 

The Christian Doxology reads : "Praise 
Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise 
Father, Son and Holy Ghost." The Ma- 
sonic Doxology reads: "Praise Him 
'above for all that's good; Praise God for 
our true brotherhood." No Christ and no 
Holy Spirit in the lodge ! And yet Christ 
Himself says in John 14:6: "I am the 
way and the truth and the life; no one 
cometh unto the Father but by Me." 

Masonic prayers and lodge prayers gen- 
erally are Christless. But again Christ 
says in John 16 :23 : "Whatsoever ye 
shall ask the Father in My name, He will 
give it you." There is no promise that 
God hears prayers except as offered in 
the name of Jesus. But such prayers are 
directly contrary to God's Word, are hyp- 
ocritical and an empty mockery. "The 
Christian is the only religionist of them all 
who is required to surrender anything in 
the worship of the lodge, and he is asked 
to surrender Jesus Christ, and to give his 
endorsement to a religious system that de- 
nies the most fundamental things for 
which his church stands ; and this he does, 
whether he means to or not, and the fact 
that he professes to honor the Son by 
saying 'Good Lord' in his church on Sun- 
day will hardly take off the curse from 
his saying 'Good Devil' in his lodge dur- 
ing the week." (Rev. Adam Murrman.) 

Other lodge authorities could be cited 



in support of this proposition. In the 
words of the man just quoted above, 
" 'Mackey's Ritualist' is a Masonic au- 
thority and ought to be accepted as such 
by Masons at least ; it is so accepted. It 
contains more than thirty prayers, and 
yet the name of Jesus Christ is not in one 
of them ; it contains benedictions, and the 
name of Jesus Christ is not in one of 
them; it contains numerous odes and 
songs, of a religious nature, and the name 
of Christ is not in one of them; and, to 
show that this is not by accident but by 
design, in two of the degrees, passages of 
Scripture are used in which the name of 
Jesus Christ belongs and that name is de- 
liberately expunged, the passages being 
used without it ; and then, as if that were 
not enough, a footnote is added on one 
of these pages stating that 'these passages 
of Scripture are especially appropriate to 
this degree,' and that with a few 'slight' 
but 'necessary' changes, the passages are 
taken from 2 Pet., etc. The 'slight' 
change to which reference is made is the 
omission of the name of Jesus Christ, and 
surely, no true Christian will stand for 
that !" 

In the face of all these facts, and let 
anyone refute them if he can, we ask, 
Can a man be a true Christian and a true 
Mason at the same time? 

So much for the Lodge and Christ ! 

Proposition 4. It rejects the Bible. 
We quote from two of the acknowledged 
Masonic authorities, Chase's Digest of 
Masonic Law, p. 206 : "To require that 
a candidate profess a belief in the Divine 
authenticity of the Bible, or a state of re- 
wards and punishments, is a very serious 
innovation in the very body of Masonry." 
Webb's Monitor, p. 16: "A few private 
lodges append to the application a pledge 
to the effect that the applicant believes the 
Holy Scriptures to be of Divine import, 
etc. All this is irregular and unmasonic." 

Going back to Chase's Digest again, p. 
208 : "Masonry has nothing whatever to 
do with the Bible. It is not founded on 
the Bible. If it was it would not be Ma- 
sonry ; it would be something else. Solo- 
mon, to whom it is traced, never heard 
of the New Testament. He was not a 
Christian. We must, therefore, either 
blot out the memory of Solomon, and of 
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insist upon a belief of the authenticity of 
either the Old or New Testaments." 

It is easy enough for anyone at all ac- 
quainted with the Bible and with Masonry 
to see why these high authorities thus re- 
pudiate the Bible ; it is because the Bible 
affords not the least grounds for their 
imaginary and absurd claims that Ma- 
sonry originated from Solomon, etc., etc. ; 
they have to pretend to get it from other 
outside sources. 

The lodge boasts that the Bible is in 
every lodge room, that no lodge can be 
opened without it, etc. But the way it 
misapplies, misinterprets and mutilates 
the Holy Book shows that its use of that 
Book is hypocritical and a mockery. Let 
us close this proposition with a pertinent 
passage from an address of Dr. Jas. M. 
Gray, Head of the Moody Bible Institute : 
"I have given some attention also to an- 
other of the books just named, 'Morals 
and Dogma,' prepared for the Supreme 
Council of the 33rd Degree, Scottish Rite. 
To be told, as we are in this book, that 
the Christian Mason sees our Lord Jesus 
Christ foreshadowed in the divinities of 
heathenism, and that no one has a right 
to object if others observe in Him only 
the 'logas' of Plato; to be told that lost 
humanity cannot be again united to God, 
except by long trials and many purifica- 
tions, and that thus only can man be freed 
from the calamity of sin, and live calmly, 
and come off conquerors ; to have the 
square and compass placed upon the same 
plane as the Holy Bible among the Great 
Lights of the Order and the furniture of 
the lodge; and to be told that the doc- 
trines of the Bible are often not clothed 
in the language of strict truth and that 
one who follows the perils and occupa- 
tions of life in the great training of Prov- 
idence, will require neither the church nor 
ordinances, except for the expression of 
his religious homage and gratitude; to 
make Masonry absolutely superior to 
Christianity in certain of its teachings, 
as for instance, in political equality; to 
be told that at its altars, the heathen, the 
Christian, the Jew, the Moslem, the fol- 
lowers of Zoroaster can unite in prayer 
as one ; to practically charge the Word 
of God with inconsistency, and God Him- 
self with cruelty, because of the attend- 
ing sacrifice of blood ; such teachings seem 
sacrilegious and blasphemous in the ex- 



treme to the earnest, intelligent Chris- 
tian." — The Gospel Pilot. 



INCREASE IN SECRET SOCIETIES 
IN CHINA. 

American missionaries in various parts 
of China report that the growth of secret 
societies arising out of chaotic conditions 
existing during the past two years has 
been prenomenal. These secret societies 
resemble the Boxers of 1900. The move- 
ment which began in Shantung has now 
spread across Honan and into Shensi. 
Other provinces, notably Chihli, Northern 
Kiangsu and Anhwei are affected to a 
lesser degree. 

The most common of these secret so- 
cieties is known as the Hung Chang Hui, | 
literally the "Red Lance Society," but va- 
riously translated as "Big Sword," and 
also colloquially known as "Ying-To," lit- 
erally "hard-belly," and sometimes as 
"Hard-Fisters." Hence the more com- 
mon name of Boxers. 

The ceremonies of initiation are coupled 
with sorcery and incantations. The no- 
vitiates are told that they bear a charmed 
life and that bullets will not harm them. I 
They are assured that through the incan- 
tations they are made strong in the chest 
and abdomen and impervious to lead or 
steel. 

Every village westward of Hsuchow in 
Honan seems to have a society, some of 
them meeting in sight of the mission sta- 
tions. The members of the society are 
impressed through the agency of the vil- 
lage headman. They are given bits of 
paper upon which a magic prayer has 
been inscribed and instructed that when 
they go into battle they are to swallow a 
bit of this paper on which the sorcerer has 
written. This they are told hardens the 
abdomen and makes it impervious to rifle- 
shot or knife-thrust. — The Weekly Re- 
view. 



"There are so many things that we will 
be tempted to set our eyes on, that we 
must keep them on Jesus." 



God estimates our gifts, not according 
to their intrinsic value, but according to 
the amount of sacrifice they represent. — 
Selected. 



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THE UNEQUAL YOKE. 

By Geo. R. Brunk. 

The doctrine of SEPARATION is one 
of the most essential of the Christian reg- 
ulations and one most widely neglected 
and ignored. The Church can only have 
a saving hold upon the world in the de- 
gree that God's favor and Spirit rests 
upon it, and He promises His presence 
and co-operation only upon the condi- 
tions of Gospel separation (II Cor. 6:17, 
18). 

Blinded to this great and indispensable 
truth and others, Christendom has in spite 
of unlimited talent, worldly wisdom, and 
wealth lost the confidence of the world 
and caused this question to become very 

general. 

Has Christianity Failed? 

We hear a great deal about the old 
faith being outgrown and that the world 
needs a new Bible and a new religion, 
but the failure that is so manifest in the 
world is from no inherent weakness in 
the Gospel. The Gospel in its fulness is : 

The power of God unto salvation. 

Saves to the uttermost. 
) Contains all things that pertain to life 
and godliness. 

To be in operation until the end of the 
world. 

A curse is pronounced upon any who 
introduce any other gospel. 

To be effective it is to be fully followed. 

Christendom has failed to teach and 

live the full Gospel and the world has 

failed to accept the full Gospel, and not 

having fulfilled the conditions of success. 

Failure Is Inevitable. 

People try to make Christians of them- 
selves and churches try to make Chris- 
tians out of the people, forgetting that 
power to become the sons of God is not 
promised to those who believe and receive. 
A Half Gospel. 

Farming grandly succeeds on one side 
of the road and grievously fails upon the 
farm opposite because the one follows the 
law of success which God has laid down 
in Nature and the other only half fol- 
lows it. 

The Bible says we are God's husbandry 
(farm) ; where the all things God has 
laid down in revelation for the guidance 
of the Church are freely followed there 
will always be a success. Half way farm- 
ing in the Church will but lead to spiritual 



bankruptcy just the same as half way 
work upon the land is doomed to failure. 

We cannot sow wheat and oats and 
clover in a wilderness of woods and brush 
and briers or give noxious weeds free 
footing in our open fields and expect a 
profitable crop. Standing out like words 
of fire and sounding forth in trumpet 
tones to all who have ears to hear from 
both Nature and revelation is the indis- 
pensable truth that there can be 

No Success Without Separation. 

In farming many different things may 
cause failure — wrong seed, wrong fertil- 
izer, wrong time, wrong methods — but 
upon the other hand the best of seed and 
fertilizer and the hardest work will all 
be nullified if this principle of separation 
is neglected or rejected. 

From the first stroke of the ax in the 
clearing, to the choosing of the seed, the 
spraying against parasites and disease, 
threshing the grain from the straw, re- 
cleaning for the market, all are bound to 
be observed and followed and have their 
counterpart in the Christian doctrine and 
duty of Separation. 

It is upon the subject of the unequal 
yoke that churches are most likely to be- 
gin to drift from the "all things." 

Standing out clear and plain in the 
Scriptures we have the requirements of : 

Separation in association. 

Separation in marriage. 

Separation in business. 

The so-called Christian world ignores 
and rejects these and other doctrines that 
are mortifying to the flesh thus forfeiting 
their right to God's promise of His pres- 
ence and co-operation and wonder why 
they have lost their grip upon the heart 
of the world. 

Will we now stand idle and uncon- 
cerned as we see this central pillar of the 
Christian faith being undermined by 
worldly leaders among us, or crumbling 
down under the adverse atmosphere of 
various phases of worldliness until God 
withdraws His Spirit and we be left to 
our own ways and the supernatural work 
of the Spirit be supplanted by the empty 
clothes of unsanctified churchanity? 

"Be not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers." 

"Wherefore come out from among 
them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the unclean thing; and I 
will receive you. . . ." 



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When the spirit of compromise once 
takes hold the truth is shed from the heart 
like water from a duck's back — the Scrip- 
ture means everything else but me. 

Does it not mean — 

Worldly organizations of all kinds? 

Disloyal religious organizations? 

Evil associations? 

Marriage with the worldly or disloyal ? 

Business unions and associations? 

All or anything in which we are made 
partners or to share profits and respon- 
sibilities with those who ignore the doc- 
trine of Gospel Separation? — Gospel 
Herald. 



According to the Fellowship Forum 
(Vol. Ill, No. 2), a Masonic lodge, un- 
der the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge 
of England, will shortly be formed in 
Jerusalem. Sir Gilbert Clayton, Chief 
Secretary of Palestine and District Grand 
Warden of Egypt and the Sudan, is slated 
to be the first Master. At one time it was 
the intention of the Lodge of King Solo- 
mon's Temple, No. 3464, Chester, Eng- 
land, to migrate to Jerusalem, but that in- 
tention was abandoned. The new lodge 
will, in all probability, adopt that name 
when it is established. It is also proposed, 
if permission can be obtained, to form a 
Royal Arch chapter, a Mark lodge, and a 
Research Circle in the Holy City. 



The Fiery Cross, organ of the Ku Klux 
Klan, is fighting ministers who are re- 
ported to be unfriendly to that order. It 
is credited with forcing the resignation of 
Rev. Frank E. Davidson, a prominent 
minister of Indianapolis, Indiana, pre- 
venting him even from preaching a fare- 
well sermon, though he was one of the 
most honored ministers of that city. The 
paper is now declaring war on Rev. 
Charles H. Winders, secretary of the In- 
dianapolis Federation of Churches, be- 
cause of his spirit of unfriendliness. 

United Presbyterian, Aug. 23, 1923. 



In October Gov. J. S. Walton offered 
to resign to prove his good faith in his 
fight against the Ku Klux Klan in Okla- 
homa, if the legislature, at its forthcom- 
ing special session, will enact an anti-klan 
law which he will submit to the law- 
makers. 



If his proposition is not accepted, Gov. 
Walton declared, he will decide further 
how "we must proceed to protect our- 
selves from this organization of masked 
marauders who have practical control of 
the judiciary and police powers in the 
principal cities of the state." 

Briefly, the governor's bill prohibits the 
use of the mask by secret organizations 
in Oklahoma and provides that all such 
orders shall file complete membership lists 
with the regularly appointed civil author- 
ities. 

Challenges His Foes. 

Challenging opponents of his adminis- 
tration, whose battle cry has been: "We 
want neither klan nor king," the execu- 
tive issued a statement addressed to the 
people of Oklahoma, declaring: 

"When this bill becomes law it will rid 
the state of the Klan, and I will resign 
the office of governor immediately there- 
upon. In this way the people will be pro- 
tected from the Klan, and peace and har- 
mony can be restored to the state." — Chi- 
cago Tribune, Oct. 10, 1923. 



BISHOP OUSTS KLANSMEN. 



Interrupted by Masked Men in Church 
Delivers a Rebuke. 



J 



Kittanning, Pa., Oct. 8. — Bishop Fran- 
cis J. McConnell of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church was interrupted while de- 
livering a sermon at the First Church here 
last night by nine hooded and robed mem- 
bers of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klans- 
men marched down the main aisle and 
the leader offered the Bishop an envelope. 

The Bishop declined to accept it, say- 
ing: "You have a perfect right to your 
own convictions, but you have no right 
to come into a religious meeting with 
masks on your faces. And you have no 
right to interrupt a religious service. 
The Klansmen turned and marched out. 

The scene was witnessed by 500 dele- 
gates attending the annual Pittsburgh 
conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 



The greatest missionary that ever lived 
wrote : "Even unto the present hour we 
both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, 
and are buffeted, and have no certain 
dwelling place." — 1 Cor. 4:11. 



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FRATERNITY AMONG CHRISTIANS. 

The very fact that Christians are so 
frequently admonished to "love the breth- 
ren," "to be courteous," "to bear one an- 
other's burdens," "in humbleness to pre- 
fer one another," to avoid strife, vain- 
glory, to esteem each the other better than 
himself, not to quarrel, not to bite or de- 
fraud one another, lest they be consumed 
of each other — all this shows that from 
the earliest days fraternity among Chris- 
tians was not what it should have been. 
Even in the apostolic congregations there 
was a lack of love for the brethren. St. 
John had to tell the people to whom he 
wrote his first epistle that, if any man 
says that he loves God and hates his neigh- 
bor, he is a liar. 1 John 4, 20. 

So it was then. Of our times the Bible 
foretells that in the last days the love of 
many shall grow cold. Matt. 24, 12. And 
all this is exactly in accordance with con- 
ditions as we see them today. There is 
today in Christian congregations a sad 
deficiency of true fraternal regard, char- 
ity, and good will. 

And God does not wish that we should 
cover up or conceal the defects which we 
Wice in the life of the Christians of our 
Say. It is His will that we be told of 
them, so that every one of us may ex- 
amine himself. Lack of love is not a 
small sin. God has told us that love is the 
fulfilling of the Law. Rom. 13, 10. 
Nothing, absolutely nothing else, no zeal 
in mission-work and no praying, singing, 
preaching, or giving can serve as a sub- 
stitute for genuine love, charity, and good 
will towards our fellow-Christians. If 
we are frank and upright, we must ad- 
mit that the love of many has grown cold, 
and that the Church itself is in need of 
repentance. 

But having said all this, we dare not 
I accuse the Christians of utter loveless- 
! ness. That would be slander. The world 
| continually utters this falsehood against 
i the Church. But incontrovertible facts 
1 testify to the love of Christians. The 
works of the Church refute the malicious 
j calumnies of the enejnies of Christ's 
! Church. We need but point to the many 
j charitable institutions which are supported 
)by Christians. In our own midst we have 
i and support homes for epileptics, for the 
! aged, and for convalescents. We have 
hospitals and orphan asylums in which 



daily the needy are nourished, clothed, and 
fed. Thousands of Christians have never 
wearied of giving, of speaking, and of 
doing for these institutions. Let us ac- 
knowledge with thanksgiving to God that 
the Word of God has not been preached 
in vain among us. 

Nor are these works of public charity 
the sum total of the charity and love 
which is practiced among us. Again and 
again, in times of distress and of afflic- 
tion, brethren have assisted their brother. 
Sympathy, love, kindness, and good will 
were shown to those that were in need. 
The appeal of the heathen, the appeal of 
famine districts, the appeal of our breth- 
ren in Europe, has not fallen upon deaf 
ears. 

All this is not mentioned in a spirit of 
boasting, but to testify to the power of 
God's Word among those who have ac- 
cepted the Gospel. If there is reason to 
complain that the fruits of the Spirit are, 
after all, scant and small, then each should 
examine himself and repent of his cold- 
ness and lack of love, praying God to 
grant him that excellent gift which St. 
Paul recommends so highly in the 13th 
chapter of his first letter to the Corin- 
thians. We ought all to read that chapter 
and covet earnestly and pray fervently 
for that greatest of all virtues — love with- 
out dissimulation. — ■ The Lutheran Wit- 
ness. 



He is the best grammarian who has 
learned to speak the truth from his heart ; 
the best astronomer who has learned to 
sing the praise of his God ; the best arith- 
metician who so numbers his days as to 
apply his heart to wisdom. He is know- 
ing in ethics who trains up his family in 
the fear of the Lord ; he is the best econ- 
omist who is wise to salvation, prudent in 
giving and taking counsel; he is the best 
politician and he is a good linguist, that 
speaks the language of heaven. Yea, the 
beginning of wisdom is the turning to 
God for all things and "If any of you 
lack wisdom, let him ask of God." — Jas. 
1 :5. — Selected. 



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MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C. 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. We 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 
served. — Editor.] 



OUTRAGES BY COLORED MASONS. 



"Memphis, Term., August 5.— No. 12 
Dean avenue, the residence of the Rev. 
R. N. Countee, colored, pastor of the 
Tabernacle Baptist Church and manager 
of the Living Way, was suddenly sur- 
rounded yesterday by about two hundred 
masked negroes, who fired volley after 
volley of bullets into the building. Loud 
calls were made for the presence of Mr. 
Countee, but he failed to appear. The 
negro porter fired his pistol at the mob, 
and managed to escape. Countee has been 
a member of one of the colored secret so- 
cieties, but resigned and began denouncing 
them. The members of these societies 
take an oath not to divulge the secrets, 
on penalty of having their scalps removed 
and their brains exposed to the eye of 
the scorching sun. Countee is said to 
have made himself liable to this rule." — 
Washington Star. 

There should be added that Mr. Coun- 
tee is a small man, and has never at- 
tempted or proposed any resistance. His 
family as well as himself were threatened 
with death, and it was remarkable that he 
was able to escape. 

The following letter, written a few days 
after, manifests the heroic spirit which 
sustained him : 

^ "Memphis, Tenn., August 19, 1885. 
"Editor Christian Cynosure: 

"Dear Sir and Brother : When I wrote 
you some time ago I had no apprehension 
of the sad, sad trial that was awaiting 
me ; and now that it is over, I do not re- 
gret it. I was saved by the rulings of a 
blessed Providence, who kept the mob 
from surrounding my house until I was 
safely out of it. Angry threats are yet 
being made against me, but I am trusting 
in God. The faithful of my church are 
trying ot get me out of the suburbs into 



the city. My house is guarded nightly. 
I am sorry that your letter, in the excite- 
ment of the first two or three days, got 
misplaced. I have preached for my peo- 
ple at the church the Sabbath following 
the mob and last Sabbath, twice each day. 
Many have renounced secretism and come 
out. We have now nearly 200 of my 475 
members, and believe we will now get 
them all ; and those who do not come out 
of their societies will leave the church and 
go elsewhere. Yours, for Christ and His 
cause, R. N. Countee." 

September 12 Brother Countee wrote 
as follows: 

"Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 12, 1885. (j 
"Editor Cynosure: 

"Dear Brother : I have, been kept quite 
busy since the recent attack made on my 
house, answering letters, which have 
numbered as high as five daily. You 
have no idea how much I have rejoiced 
during the last three weeks, in learning 
that so many are engaged in this, the 
greatest work of the nineteenth century, 
and more on account of the love and ten- 
derness shown me by the members of 
my church, the Tabernacle Baptist, many 
of whom have avowed their purpose to 
die by my side, if needs be. I have 
preached regularly in my church every 
Sunday since those inhuman monsters 
visited my house, without any relaxation 
whatever; and they were loud in saying 
that I ought to hold up, and quit urging 
people to leave their societies; but by 
some means I am impelled by a supernat- 
ural influence to cry aloud and spare not, 
to preach the gospel of separation from 
the wicked. 

"I am undaunted in my purpose to goi 
on. Some few of my members remain 
under the ban of society delusion. I am 
trying to be patient with all ; and, in due 



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time, I believe they will come out from 
among them. I do not think that the so- 
ciety people have seen their blunder, but 
it is no doubt working against them. 
Many persons will leave them. I shall 
try and occasionally drop you a line on 
the situation of affairs here. May Chris- 
tian people everywhere pray for us. 

"R. N. Countee." 
Such faithfulness could not be endured, 
and one more desperate effort was made 
to coerce him into silence. The follow- 
ing is a brief statement: 

THE MEMPHIS ASSASSINS. 

"The Monday morning dispatches tell 
of a new and more desperate and devilish 
attack upon Brother Countee, at Mem- 
phis. While going to his home, in the out- 
skirts of the city, after Sabbath evening 
meeting, accompanied by some twenty 
members of his congregation, he was fired 
upon while passing a street corner, by 
some unknown lodge desperado. The 
charge was buckshot from a shotgun, and 
as may be easily imagined created havoc 
and consternation in the company. Two 
of the bullets struck Mr. Countee, one in 
his head, the other through his chin, pro- 
ducing painful but it is believed not dan- 
gerous wounds. His brother, S. L. Coun- 
tee, was also struck by two shots, one in 
the back and one also through his chin. 
His injuries are regarded as of a more 
dangerous character. Ellen Wright, a 
sister of the church, received a painful 
wound in the hip. The assassin, after 
firing, fled — but threw away his gun, 
which was afterward found by the police. 

"Thus passed another act in this trage- 
dy of cut-throat secretism among the col- 
ored people of Memphis. After attempt- 
ing first to destroy the preacher, by the 
wiles and blasphemy of the lodge; then 
his church, by choking out its spiritual 
life and robbing its treasury; it then as- 
sails the pastor, and attempts to massacre 
him and his family, by firing into his 
house at night. Failing in this, they now 
attempt to shoot him down like a dog, 
while peaceably going home from the 
divine service in which he had just minis- 
tered. 

"Not long since when Rev. B. A. Imes, 
pastor of .the colored Congregational 
church in Memphis, and not a member of 
any secret order, was debating publicly 
the usefulness of the societies outside of 



the church, the moment he mentioned the 
secret societies and called attention to 
their unlawful oaths, a lawyer sprang to 
his feet and interrupted the speaker, say- 
ing that himself and a large number of 
men present had 'sworn together and come 
there to prevent Masonry from being ex- 
posed! 3 The crowd then began yelling, 
'Kill him ! Kill him ! Put him out ! Away 
with him !' The meeting immediately 
broke up in confusion." 

The following is a part of Mr. Coun- 
tee's letter to the Cynosure: 

LETTER FROM BROTHER COUNTEE. 

"Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 19, 1885. 
"Editor Christian Cynosure: 

"Dear Sir : * * * 

"After preaching, in company with 
about twenty-five of the members of my 
church (Tabernacle Baptist), I proceeded 
to my home, nearly a mile away, in the 
southern suburbs of the city. We had 
enjoyed a good meeting all day. The 
Spirit of the Lord attended us, and our 
hearts were filled with gladness and our 
lips with praise. 

"Thus we wended our way, and when 
within a quarter of a mile of my house, 
and entering the most dangerous part of 
our journey, I was suddenly alarmed by 
the snapping of a cap, and immediately a 
volley of buckshot was poured into our 
midst, five of the shot taking effect. 1 
received two shots, one in my chin glanc- 
ing and coming out under my. right jaw. 
The second shot was right in the back of 
my head, and fortunately did not pene- 
trate the cranium. 

"My brother, a young man of twenty- 
five years, was shot in the chin, the ball 
glancing downward and coming out, leav- 
ing an ugly wound. Another one lodged 
in his shoulder, the ball ranging toward 
the spine. This ball, at this writing, re- 
mains in him. The third person was a 
Mrs. Ellen Wright, who received a ball 
in the hip, which cannot be extracted. 

"Our wounds are all very painful, and 
excitement is now at fever heat. We saw 
the men, as they emerged from their am- 
bush and ran swiftly down the street. In 
their flight they left their gun behind, an 
old-fashioned, muzzle-loading, double- 
barrelled shotgun. 

"And now by grace I am once again 
saved from the power of the enemy, for 



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how long I cannot tell. It becomes more 
apparent that I must have a house in 
town, and how to build is a question. We 
are all poor, and have no money; and I 
now ask every one who may perchance 
read this article to help us, no matter how 
small may be the amount. Trusting that 
God may open the hearts of Christians, 
that while we wrestle with the power of 
Baal they will help and encourage us, we 
want to commence our house at once; 
and we can only lean on the strong arm 
of the Omnipotent and the benevolence of 
a Christian people everywhere. May God 
inspire every heart to lend us a helping 
hand, and any amount forwarded will be 
thankfully received and prayerfully ac- 
knowledged. Yours, in much tribulation, 
"R. N. Countee. 
"161 Beale St., Memphis, Tenn." 
At this writing he still carries a bullet 
in his scalp. 

Failing to kill or intimidate him, and 
finding that the church would not tol- 
erate membership in orders that could 
plan and seek to execute murder, the 
secret society members appealed to the 
courts asking that the church should be 
enjoined from any acts of disfellowship. 
The following is Mr. Countee's account : 

"Memphis, Tenn., May 15, 1886. 

"Editor Cynosure : Since I last wrote 
you, many have been our seasons of anx- 
iety, and at last the long looked- for has 
come. On last Tuesday, as I stood at 
the bedside of an old afflicted sister in 
the Lord Jesus, I was called away to the 
front room of the house, where a deputy 
sheriff served upon me a notification of 
an injunction which had been granted the 
lodgeites by the judge of the chancery 
court against myself and the officers of 
Tabernacle Baptist Church. * * * 

"The lodgeites were led to this step on 
account of the decision rendered by the 
council of white brethren, to whom they 
appealed, which was as follows : That in 
view of the confusion which has existed, 
growing out of societies, and is likely to 
continue to disturb the peace of our 
churches, we advise the aggrieved mem- 
bers (lodgeites) that they propose to the 
Tabernacle Church that, if they will dis- 
band the society organized within the 
church, you will withdraw from member- 
ship in all other societies and return to 
membership in the church.' This they 



could not do — leave the lodge ; no, no, no ; 
never ! So they spurned the advice they 
themselves asked for, and concluded to 
'take proper steps with Countee and his 
church,' viz., go to the courts. * * * 

"The Grand Master of the colored Ma- 
sons of the State of Tennessee was in to 
see me this day (Saturday). He is a 
Baptist minister from Knoxville, and an 
old friend. I tried to shame him, because 
he informed me that he was out looking 
after the craft. I told him it was a burn- 
ing shame to go around peddling old, 
worn-out lodge secrets. I finally advised 
him, if he would continue to do so, to 
buy his books from and recommend the 
Cynosure rooms to his lodges, for books 
were cheaper there than elsewhere. He 
said those books were 'no good.' I said, 
'See here, friend, I know more of the 
lodge than you do — taken more degrees 
than you have, and I am through lying 
about Masonry; for any man can buy all 
he wants of it for fifty cents.' We were 
very jovial and frank. I reminded him 
that, whatever happened to me, the lodge 
would be held accountable. He said, T 
told them to let you alone from the start.' 

"About five o'clock this afternoon, 
while I happened to be out, a man rushed 
wildly into the house and called for me. 
He was in his shirt-sleeves, and kept his 
hand behind him. My wife drove him 
out of doors. He immediately went to 
the office of the Living Way and called 
for me. I suppose he must be some half- 
witted person, or he may be a hired ser- 
vant of the 'wolves' compact'; but I am 
not alarmed. I thank God I as not easily 
aroused, though I am naturally of a ner- 
vous temperament; but of late God has 
strengthened me wonderfully. 

"We shall make an effort to have the 
injunction dissolved by the chancellor on 
Monday next. We ask the prayers of 
the people of God everywhere, in this our 
struggle against the powers of lodgery. 
We realize God is in the midst of his 
church, and know the battle is not ours 
but his. 

"Yours, for more light, 

R. N. Countee." 



"But this I say, He which soweth spar- 
ingly shall reap also sparingly ; and he 
which soweth bountifully shall reap also 
bountifully."— 2 Cor. 9:6. 



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WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE 
CHURCH? 

What will become of the Church in the 
next generation is a serious question. 
Will she be able to continue on in her 
course at the rate she is going? When 
the enemy comes in like a flood will she 
be able to raise her standard against the 
tide? 

These questions touch the very heart 
of the supreme problem of Christianity. 
Organizations and agencies are at work 
to maintain an Evengelical strength to 
hold it from the vanishing point. 

May I state some elements that are at 
work in destroying our present Evangel- 
ical faith. 

Unbelief. 

For more than a quarter of a century 
a destroying unbelief has been sweeping 
over the Church. It came in like a lamb, 
but has now reached lion strength. In 
those early years a few men secretly felt 
they discovered a new truth, namely that 
the authority of Scripture was not the 
final authority for rule and practice of 
, man. This led them to question the in- 
f spiration of the word of God. From this 
point it grew until today it is no more 
a secret, but an open and avowed truth 
by many. Unbelief in the Word and the 
redemptive plan of Salvation has reached 
from the primary room in our Sunday 
Schools to the pulpit and theological cir- 
cles. Unbelief is trying the Evangelical 
faith to its very limit. 

Political Corruption. 

The political condition of the world is 
alarming. Men hoped the war would 
bring a settled condition among men, 
but results show it is sinking into deeper 
mire of despair. Nations have taken 
things in their own hands and left God 
out. The Church has been thrown in- 
to this circle and is endeavoring to offer 
a solution without the aid of Christ and 
His kingdom. Agencies and organiza- 
tions are endeavoring to raise the moral 
standard of the Church instead of pre- 
senting the claims of Jesus Christ. Graft 
is reigning in the center of the political 
world causing the very command of God 
to be broken. Political conditions are 
growing worse and the Evangelical 
strength of the Church is in the balance 
but thank God so far is not wanting. 



Social Disorder. 

Labor conditions are bringing their 
problems to the front. It is threatening 
the industry of the world. Many laws 
are passed in their favor. Unionism has 
grown so rapidly that it has become a 
mighty factor in the world. Men have 
bound themselves together as one man 
and defy the very God of the Universe. 
The Church in many places has swung 
from its pivot and is supporting these 
organizations, but is losing its Evangelical 
faith. What must we say of the social 
conditions of the home? Authority is 
gone, disrespect of children for parents 
has taken its place. Heart-broken 
mothers and fathers weep and lament 
over the lost condition of their children. 
The Evangelical faith is being tried. 

The Lodge. 

The recent development in Oklahoma 
relative to Governor Walton and the Ku 
Klux Klan reveal the secret power of 
said organization. They are seeking con- 
trol of the Government and they are not 
far from it. They are coming into the 
church hooded. They come in the name 
of religion and the Church. Ministers in 
some places have welcomed them with 
open arms, in fact ministers are joining 
them in large numbers. In one town of 
seventy thousand all the ministers have 
joined but one. Evangelical faith is be- 
ing tested and Chirst's name is dishon- 
ored. The work of the lodges is done 
under cover. Who will keep the revival 
fires burning? Who will keep aloft the 
torch of a pure and vital faith among 
swarming millions that are untouched by 
the ordinary ministries of the Church? 



"Till He come!" Take heart ye pilgrims! 

Each one lift his drooping head! 
Can ye sigh when soon your Bridegroom 

Ye, His bride, so soon shall wed? 
Cry, with quick, impassioned pleading, 

Cry with hearts that beat for home, 
"Come, Lord Jesus! Oh, come quickly! 

Come, Lord Jesus! quickly come." 

— Selected. 



Hatred of sin is a good sentinel for the 
door of virtue. — Spurgeon. 



Humility makes men angels; Pride 
makes angels devils. — Joseph Hall, 



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SERMON AGAINST SECRET SOCIETIES 

By Rev. Glenn E. Seamon, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio. 



TEXT. 

Is. 42, 8. "I am the Lord; that is my 
name: and my glory will I not give to an- 
other, neither my praise to graven images." 

John 5, 23. "That all men should honor 
the Son, even as they honor the Father. He 
that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the 
Father which hath sent him." 

John 14, 6. "Jesus saith unto him, I am 
the way, and the truth, and the life; no 
man cometh unto the Father but by me." 

Lev. 5, 4-5. "Or if a soul swear, pro- 
nouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do 
good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pro- 
nounce with an oath, and it be hid from 
him.; when he shall know it, then he shall 
be guilty in one of these. And it shall be, 
when he shall be guilty in one of these 
things that he shall confess that he hath 
sinned in that thing." 

Rom. 14, 23. "Whatsoever is not of faith 
is sin." 

The Woodman ritual says, "The spirit 
has gone to him who gave it." And again : 
"He shall rest in the eternal glories of 
his Maker." How do these men know 
that the spirit has gone to its Maker, 
when they know no Christ? They use 
this ritual over the graves of all, whether 
they were Christians or unbelievers. On 
what do they base that statement? Sim- 
ply on this: If a man has been a good 
Woodman he will be saved. They teach 
salvation by works. No matter how mean 
a scoundrel a man may have been in this 
world if he has been a good and faithful 
member of the Woodmen and has paid 
his dues regularly he will have this said 
over his grave. Just think of it, dear 
friends, a man going to stand face to face 
with his God relying upon his record as 
a Woodman and denying the Christ ! Here 
is a prayer for salvation which the 
Knights of Pythias use: "Be thou with 
us, shield us from all harm, and finally 
permit us to be with thee on that last 
great day, a united brotherhood, to share 
the blessings of eternal life. Hear and 
answer us, we beseech Thee. Amen." 
Don't you think Christ should have been 
mentioned in that prayer? Consider it. 
It refers to the judgment day and asks 
for eternal life, and no Christ ! Why do 
they not say: "Hear and answer us for 
Jesus' sake ?" Simply because they teach 
salvation by works, and that men can be 



saved without Christ. That is the only 
answer that can be given. And the Ma- 
sons. They declare that their dead are 
taken to the Grand Lodge above just 
because they are Masons. No Christ, no 
repentance, no faith. Just be a Mason, 
live up to the rules of the order, and 
when you die heaven will be open to you. 
Now let me ask a few questions. If the 
lodge is such a good thing and teaches 
men how to be saved, why are not little 
children admitted ? Why are the women 
excluded? Why must a man be twenty- 
one, or in some cases, at least eighteen 
years of age before he can join? Why 
must he be sound of body and able to 
earn his own living? Is salvation only 
for these? Did Christ bar any one from 
learning the way of life? No. He said: 
"Suffer the little children to come unto 
me, and forbid them not, for of such is 
the kingdom of God." He extended sal- 
vation to all, to the mained, the halt and 
the blind. He offered his grace to men 
and women alike. But the lodge says : 
NO. These shall not enter. 

When a man joins a lodge, he is given 
the solemn promise that nothing will be 
done to interfere with his religion or his 
politics. Then as soon as he is led into 
the lodge room he is forbidden to mention 
the name of Christ. He must join in a 
funeral service which teaches salvation 
by works. He must say that a man who 
does as the lodge teaches will be saved. 
Now if he does not believe these things 
in his heart he is a hypocrite, for he 
promised to do so, and if he does believe 
them, he is a traitor to his Lord. The 
lodge breaks its part of the pledge before 
the initiation is half over, because it does 
interfere with a man's religion. If it 
does not, if you think that it does not, 
then the next time you go to lodge, ask 
to be permitted to pray. Then offer a 
prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
and see what happens. Ask to be per- 
mitted to speak, and then tell those men 
that there is salvation in no other name 
than that of Jesus Christ, and that all 
iv ho do not accept him are condemned to 
eternal hell-fire, and see what they will 
tell you. You will very soon find out 



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that salvation by faith in Christ is not 
taught in the lodge. And you by taking 
part in the ceremonies of the lodge are 
guilty of denying that faith in Jesus alone 
leads to life eternal. If the lodge lets 
each man's religion to himself, then why 
does it often demand the right to take 
part in his funeral service? Why do 
many of them insist on being permitted 
to read their burial ritual over the grave 
of the dead, after the pastor has given the 
man a Christian burial? If that is not 
slapping God in the face and declaring 
that the burial which the Church gives 
amounts to nothing, I should like to 
know what it does mean. 

Hear Jesus say: "I am the way, and 
the truth, and the life; no man cometh 
unto the Father but by me." What a 
blessed truth this is! What comfort it 
brings to the troubled soul! What 
joy and peace it gives the Christian in 
the hour of death! Yes. To know 
Christ, to believe in him, and to have our 
sins covered with his blood, is the only 
way to reach heaven. This is what the 
Bible teaches. This is the truth believed 
| by all, who will be saved. This is the 
teaching of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, and any organization, which 
teaches that there is salvation by any 
other means is a child of the devil. I do 
not hesitate to say that the devil is using 
the lodges to lead men away from this 
doctrine by teaching a salvation by works. 
The Lutheran Church can do but one 
thing, and that is to cut herself off from 
the lodge and to testify against it. 

What would you think of your pastor, 
if he should go and join the Roman 
Catholic Church and at the same time in- 
sist upon being and remaining your spir- 
itual adviser? It does not take much of 
a man to know that you would demand 
his resignation at once. And you would 
be doing just the right thing. In fact, 
you would be bound to dismiss him if you 
want to abide by God's Word. For how 
could a man belong to the Catholic 
Church and believe the doctrine of salva- 
tion as it is taught there and at the same 
| time continue to preach the doctrine of 
| the Lutheran Church, which is justifica- 
| tion by faith alone? But that is what 
| many men attempt to do. They join a 
lodge, which teaches salvation by works, 



and at the same time want to retain their 
membership in the Church, which says, 
and must say that Jesus Christ is the 
way, the truth, and the life, and that no 
man cometh unto the Father but by him. 
Dear brethren, can you not see that such 
action is the height of inconsistency to 
say the least? Don't you see that it is 
impossible to believe two doctrines that 
are direct opposites at the same time? 
Either you believe what the lodge teaches, 
and are untrue to the Church, or, you 
believe what the Church teaches and are 
untrue to the lodge. It is either the lodge 
or the Church. It cannot be both. No 
man can have his heart at two places at 
the same time. 

Now let us see what the lodge does 
with the oath. What is an oath? "An 
oath is a solemn declaration or affirma- 
tion made with an appeal to God for the 
truth of what is affirmed. The appeal fb 
God in an oath implies that the person 
imprecates his vengeance and renounces 
his favor if the declaration is false ; or if 
the declaration is a promise, the person 
invokes the vengeance of God if he 
should fail to keep it. A false oath is 
called perjury. (Webster.) Or in the 
words of our Catechism : "To swear 
means to call upon God as the witness of 
the truth and the avenger of the un- 
truth." 

The next question that arises is : Who 
has the right to administer the oath ? For 
our answer we go to Scripture, as we 
always do. And what do we find ? Jesus 
says : "Let your communication be, yea, 
yea; nay, nay; and whatsoever is more 
than this is sin." Thus we see that in our 
daily lives, in our ordinary dealings with 
our fellow men we have no right to give 
or demand an oath. But when is it per- 
missable to swear? For our answer we 
again go to Christ. He tells us when' 
we may swear and when we dare not. 
When he was on trial and the proper 
officers of the court wanted to put him 
under oath, he readily took that oath. 
At no other time did he swear. So we 
see that only the rightly constituted gov- 
ernment has the right and the power to 
administer the oath. If you think this is 
not true, just examine the laws of our 
state. You will find that the only oath 
recognized by the courts is the oath ad- 
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pointed agents. And this is altogether 
right, for it is the teaching of the Bible. 
But what must be said of the lodge which 
requires an oath? There is only one 
thing that can be said, and that is, that it 
is acting outside of legal right. It is 
assuming a power which it does not have. 
And to prove this statement all that you 
need do is to appeal to the courts. You 
know that a man who leaves the lodge 
cannot be punished for perjury, and that 
could be done if the oath of the lodge 
were legal. If such oaths were legal you 
can be sure that every man, who dared to 
renounce the oath of the lodge would find 
himself in the penitentiary. The lodge 
would see that he got there. The state 
does not recognize the oath of the lodge, 
the Church does not recognize it, because 
the Word of God condemns it. 

Now another thing. When a man is 
called upon to take an oath he must know 
to what he is going to swear. All facts 
in the case must be before him. If a 
man, whom you do not know, should 
meet you on the street and say to you: 
"Brother, I want you to swear to do a 
certain thing for me about which I shall 
tell you after you have taken the oath." 
I am sure that you would think that 
there was something wrong with such a 
person, and you would have very good 
ground for your opinion. But that same 
man, who refused to take such an oath, 
will appear at the door of a lodge room, 
and is told that he must take an oath 
before he dare enter. He asks what that 
oath might be, and desires to read it. He 
is at once refused. He wants to know 
what that oath will bind him to do. And 
is told that he will find out after he gets 
in. And yet he will take the oath and 
think nothing of it. 

And now let us see what he has done. 
In the first place, he profaned the oath 
by swearing when he should not have 
done so. For Jesus says : "Let your 
communication be, yea, yea ; nay, nay." 
In the second place, he has profaned the 
oath by having it administered to him by 
an organization which has no legal or 
Scriptural authority to do so. In the 
third place, he has profaned the oath by 
swearing to something of which he knew 
nothing. Thus the lodge profanes and 
desecrates the holy ordinance of the oath. 
But what has the Lord to say about 



such a profanation of the oath? "Or if 
a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips 
to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it 
be that a man shall pronounce with an 
oath, and it be hid from him: when he 
knoweth it, then he shall be guilty in one 
of these." That is, if a man take an 
oath promising to do something of which 
he knows nothing, he is guilty of blas- 
phemy. For if he promised to do some- 
thing good, he has sinned, because he 
swore not knowing what he promised. 
And if he promised to do something evil, 
he has not only blasphemed, but has also 
bound himself to carry out the evil deed 
and is, therefore, doubly guilty. Now 
where is the man who dares to say, that 
the Bible does not condemn the oath of 
the lodge? Any man, who swears such 
an oath, is guilty of blasphemy. That 
cannot be denied. 

Let us hear what the Word of God has 
to say to them, who have thus sinned, 
"And it shall be, when he shall be guilty 
in one of these things, that he shall con- 
fess that he hath sinned in that thing." 
If those words mean anything, they mean 
that when a man has taken such an oath/ 
as the lodge administers, he is to confess* 
that he has sinned, to renounce that oath, 
and to return to the Savior pleading for 
forgiveness, and that Savior will in no 
wise cast him out. 

And finally, the Church condemns the 
lodge because of its false charity. How 
often do we hear that the lodge does so 
much for the poor and the widows. Even 
some church members have the audacity 
to assert that if the Church would do as 
much as the lodges in this line of work, 
we would not need the latter. Since there 
is such a great cry about the so-called 
charity of the lodge, let us consider it for 
a few moments. What is it any way? 
A man must be in good health and able 
to earn his own living before he can enter 
the lodge. Then he must pay his dues 
regularly and promptly. At his death 
his widow is paid a stipulated sum in ac- 
cordance with the amount of dues he has 
paid. What is this but pure business, and 
often very poor business? Do not all 
the life insurance companies in the coun- 
try do the same? And how many would 
even think of calling their death claims 
charity? But that is what the lodge does. 
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sit up with them, etc.? Yes. And the 
members have paid for that too. Let me 
ask you : Do the members of the lodges 
go around and take care of any sick per- 
son, of any one who may be in distress ? 
They do, if these people are members in 
good standing, and on that condition only. 
Yet these lodges claim to follow the ex- 
ample of the Good Samaritan. They are 
like the Jew and the Levite, who passed 
by on the other side because the poor 
fellow in the ditch could not give them 
the sign of distress. What the lodge prac- 
tices is not charity at all. Charity is a 
gift of love, for which no equivalent has 
been paid, and for which none is ex- 
pected. But the lodge says you must 
pay first and then you will receive char- 
ity. And when we ask: "What is it 
that prompts the lodge to do these so- 
called works of charity?" We find that 
it is not faith in Christ and love for his 
name. Therefore, their false charity 
comes under the condemnation of the 
Master when he says: "Whatsoever is 
not of faith is sin." 

It is only the Church and its members 
who can render charity. And if those men 
Jvho are all the time complaining about 
the lack of the Church in this work would 
put half as much into her treasuries as 
they pay into the lodge, she would not be 
hampered in this work. Do not be de- 
ceived by the cry of charity as it is prac- 
ticed by the lodge. All who have had 
much experience with this kind of charity 
will testify that it is very poor charity 
and that in most cases they do not get 
out as much as they pay in. 

And now just one more point. This 
is touching the marriage vow. You wives 
and mothers, who are here this morning, 
to you I would address a word. Did not 
your husband, when he led you to the 

: altar, promise in the presence of God and 
of men, that he would take you unto 
himself to be one flesh with him ? What 
does that mean ? It means that his secrets 
are to be your secrets. It means that in 
all things you are to be one, even as God 
I intended. Now, when he comes home 
from lodge, and you ask him what was 

| done there, does he sit down beside you 

(J and tell you? No. He dare not. He 
I can go out on the street and discuss those 

t J matters with any one, even with a 
stranger, if he can give the grip, but with 



you who are, or, who should be nearer 
and dearer to him than any one else in 
the world, he dare not discuss a single 
thing. The lodge enters the sacred pre- 
cincts of the home, destroys the God- 
established relationship of man and wife 
by driving a wedge between them. O ! 
That the wives and mothers of our land 
would rise up and protest against this 
heaven-crying sin. The sin of lodgery 
cries to heaven for vengeance, and our 
God who is just will not fail to punish 
it. Heed, then, the call of the apostle 
Paul, when he says: "Wherefore, come 
out from among them, and be ye sepa- 
rate, saith the Lord, and touch not the 
unclean thing, and I will receive you." 

There is so much to be said about the 
sin of secretism that it could not be done 
in a whole year from the pulpit. What 
you have heard this morning is but a brief 
survey of the terrible sin of lodgery. 
Take these words to heart. Do not be- 
come angry at your Church, for if you 
do you become angry at the Word of 
God. Do not turn against your pastor, 
for he has told you only that which you 
have bound him to tell you in your writ- 
ten call. He has spoken to you because 
he loves your souls and longs to see you 
freed from the toils of a terrible sin. 
You are Christians. You accept the 
Bible. Take that Bible and read it. 
Pray over it. Ask God to send you his 
Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. 
Go at this matter without prejudice in 
your hearts and God will lead you to see 
the light. 

We have learned this morning that the 
lodge denies the true God, rejects Christ 
from its religious services, teaches a sal- 
vation by works, profanes the oath, 
practices a false charity and destroys the 
unity of the home. Because of these 
things the Word of God passes sentence 
of condemnation upon it, asserts that it 
is guilty of opposing the one true faith, 
and of leading men away from Jesus 
Christ to eternal ruin. Therefore, the 
Evangelical Lutheran Church, which ac- 
cepts and holds fast to the whole Word 
of God, is bound by that Word to oppose 
the lodge, to testify against its sins, and 
to cut herself off from those, who will 
not repent. This Is the position of your 
Church and of my Church. As a min- 
ister of Jesus Christ and of the Evange- 



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lical Lutheran Church I take that same 
position. v "I cannot do otherwise. Here 
I stand. God help me. Amen." 



Mtm from Workers 



The following letter was written to Rev. 
W. C. Paden, Independence, Iowa, R. D. 
No. 6, on the letterhead of the Chicago Theo- 
logical Seminary, 5757 University Avenue, 
Chicago: 

June 29th, 1923. 
Dear Mr. Paden : 

Thank you for your letter of May 28th. 
Every year the problem of secret societies 
is discussed with our students and the 
books published by the National Chris- 
tian Association are put into their hands. 
I appreciate your kind reference to my 
article. 

Yours cordially, 

Ozora S. Davis. 
[President, The Chicago Theo- 
logical Seminary.] 



Our readers will rejoice in the recov- 
ery of Mrs. Lizzie Wood Robinson. Her 
articles in our magazine have been missed 
for a number of months. We are glad 
to say she is out on the firing line for 
God and we believe she will do a great 
work in dispelling darkness by her testi- 
mony and the aid of the Word. 



Rev. S. L. Livingston, a very devout 
saint of God and a strong supporter of 
the National Christian Association, pass- 
ed to his reward at Honolulu, Hawaii, 
July 22nd, 1923. For many years he 
was active in proclaiming the Word of 
God in its purity and power. He was 
used by God through his testimony and 
his sermons in rescuing many young men 
from entering the secret empire of the 
lodge. 



Not of the world— John 17:16. What 
does "The world" mean? Just the sum 
total of those forces which seek to draw 
men away from God. And if we walk 
with Christ, the world's ideals, maxims, 
fashions, conventionalities and the like 
will have neither formative nor deterrent 
power over us. We shall walk by another 
rule and mind another thing. — /. Stuart 
Hoi den. 



CONTRIBUTIONS. 

The grateful appreciation of the of- 
ficers of the National Christian Associa- 
tion and its employees is extended to the 
friends whose thought fulness and interest 
in the salvation of men and the removal 
of the great lodge obstacle to the accept- 
ance of the Gospel has moved them to 
send their contributions. May we con- 
tinue to have your prayerful interest and 
co-operation. 

From the following Classis of the 
Christian Reformed Church: Classis 
Grand Rapids, $93.89; Classis Zeeland, 
$20.00; Classis Illinois, $81.08. From 
Christian Reformed Churches we have re- 
ceived : W. Leonard St., Grand Rapids, 
$57.23 ; Muskegon II, $5 ; Prospect Park, 
$9.74; Vogel Center, $4.38; Willard Ave., 
Grand Rapids, $26.66; Neland Ave., 
Grand Rapids, $20 ; Pella II, $9.09 ; Mus- 
kegon II, $5 ; 9th Street, Holland, $21.27; 
Benton Heights, $16; Franklin Street, 
$31.30; Eastmanville, $4.23; Kalamazoo 
II, $27.78; Hope Ave., Passaic, $22.86; 
E. Paris, $14.66; Coldbrook, Mich., $50; 
Muskegon, II, $5 ; West Sayville, $6. 

From various friends: Rev. John . 
Heemstra, $10; Walter I. Phillips, $5, 
Faith A. Johnson, $25; G. A. Barnes, 
$3.50; E. E. E. Bailey, $11; O. N. Car- 
nahan, $3.50; Ed. Walker, $4.25; Prof. 
H. A. Fischer, $5; Mrs. E. Carstensen, 
$1 ; Mrs. L. W. Roberson, $3; J. Nelson, 
$1; James E. Peck, $5; Mrs. Hedda 
Worcester, $2; John Hoogenboom, 50c; 
Miss Nancy Coleman, $6; C. A. Dodds, 
$5; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Todd, $10; 
Rev. F. H. Bunge, $1 ; H. F. Tuurling, 
37c; Mrs. J. Penny, $1.50; F. H. Smith, 
$25; Levi Hoisington, $5; Mrs. Eva 
Grove, $1 ; Miss Eva Grove, $1 ; M. D. 
Watson, $1; Mrs. Mary Templeton, $2; 
Wesley Starkenburg, $1.50; Rev. C. G. 
Sterling, $3 ; Dr. G. A. Pegram, $5 ; Wm. 
I. Phillips, $20; H. A. Fischer, Jr., $25; 
Margaret F. Richter, $6; Olga Johnson, 
$5 ; Phebe Rice, $5 ; A. Mueller, $5 ; B. 
A. Prichard, $10; A. C. Golchert, $1.50; 
A. E. Martensen, $9 ; C. R. Hussey, $5 ; 
J. O. Walgren, $3 ; W. M. Stoddard, $15; 
A. G. Dornheim, $1.50; Rev. Wm. Har- 
der, $1.50. 



ps! 



"To God, thy country and thy friend be 
true." 



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EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

Boston, Mass., Oct. 13, 1923. 

I am reporting early this month as work 
is likely to keep me very busy in the days 
immediately ahead. The attendance at 
meetings of recent date have been very 
good owing in part to favorable weather. 

On September 16th my meetings were 
in Holland, Michigan in the Wesleyan 
Methodist Church. They kept me busy 
in the A. M., attended a class meeting, 
taught a boys' class, and addressed the 
Sunday School in addition to the Anti- 
Lodge Address. In the evening a good 
audience greeted me in the Fourth Re- 
formed Church of which our late Presi- 
dent Heemstra is the beloved pastor. An 
offering of $22.39 was given for our 
work. For a Monday evening service, 
in a very busy time, the lecture in the 
Old Ninth Street Christian Reformed 
Church was fine. Mr. H. F. Tuurling, 
Cynosure Agent, was on hand, and help- 
ed by the distribution of literature. 
Owing to local causes the lecture in 
Grand Haven, Michigan the following 
Wednesday evening was not so largely 
) attended, but contributed generously in 
aid of our work. Calvin College at 
Grand Rapids is always cordial. At my 
lecture given before the students of The- 
ology there were some of the college stu- 
dents who came in response to President 
Hiemminga's announcement. It is al- 
ways a great joy to bring truth to those 
who are to carry it far. The number 
of new students is larger than usual this 
fall. 

The big meeting as to attendance was 
in the Leonard Street Christian Re- 
formed Church, Grand Rapids. This 
church accommodates about nine hun- 
dred people, and was fully two thirds 
filled to hear your representative. Their 
offering of $32.17 was especially fine 
when we remember they had given two 
large special offerings earlier in the day 
to aid in meeting the Japanese need. Pas- 
tor Bedford of the Wesleyan Meth- 
odist Church indicated confidence in me 
by leaving his pulpit to my care without 
informing me of his intended absence. 
I gave the congregation what I thought 
might be helpful. An afternoon serv- 
ice usually conducted by Cousin's a;t 
Walker Station was turned over to me. 



The people all appeared friendly to our 
Anti-Secrecy thought, although there 
were not so many of them. 

As the last trip kept me from home 
over seven weeks, I found much needing 
attention on my return which brought 
a change, if not entirely a rest. My ex- 
periences have been many, and of great 
variety since coming to the New York 
and New England field. 

On the ninth of this month I went 
with friends to say goodby to a company 
of "Church of the Brethren" mission- 
aries starting for the India field. They 
sailed on the Steamship Mauritania from 
New York Harbor. If in need of a 
thriller witness the sailing of one of 
these great ocean liners that carry thou- 
sands of souls every trip. No brass 
band was required to awaken enthusiasm. 
As the great massive boat building mov- 
ed toward Mother Ocean all was action, 
flags, hats, handkerchiefs and what not 
were waving. Shouts with kisses thrown 
were the order of the day. A well dress- 
ed old lady near me was sobbing as if her 
heart would break. What that boat was 
taking from her, possibly never to re- 
turn, the stranger could only guess. A 
daughter of our good friend I. N. H. 
M. Beahrn who has been President of 
Elizabethtown, Pa., and Nokesville, Va., 
Colleges was aboard. She is now Mrs. 
Mow and with her good husband goes 
to the India Mission field. They carry 
the October number of the Cynosure 
with the best wishes of thousands to 
their new field of labor. We expect to 
hear from them. 

I spent one night at Flushing L. I. N. 
Y. at a place called "The Inn." I found 
the mosquitoes were in. Sabbath morn- 
ing, October seventh found me at the 
Free Gospel Church, Corona, L. I. 
where I have worshiped with pleasure so 
many times. Our Brother Lagville is 
still superintendent and set yours truly to 
teach a boys' class. In the general re- 
view special emphasis was laid upon 
Abraham's faith in going forth to a coun- 
try "not knowing whither he went." He 
surely was a great traveler, and would 
have made a fine representative for the 
N. C. A. could his services have been 
secured. 

It was a special pleasure to speak again 



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in the large Norwegian Lutheran Church 
corner of Fourth avenue and Forty-sixth 
street, Brooklyn, N. Y., this time to about 
two hundred young people, mostly under 
twenty years of age. I am told this 
church supports three pastors, two or 
more services being conducted at the 
same time, it also oversees the large hos- 
pital opposite where thousands receive 
treatment for their physical need. The 
young peoples' collection was poured 
into my hand without counting, and I 
found it amounted to nearly nine dollars. 
I may here only mention a few of the 
dear friends who have recently answered 
their call to the "Eternal Life:" Rev. S. 
L. Livingston, D. D., former instructor 
in Theology at the Radical United 
Brethren College, Huntington, Indiana, 
died at Honolulu, Hawaii, July 22nd, 
1923. He was a cheery, large souled 
man, very helpful to the writer, as also 
to all who came in touch with him. He 
lived to the ripe old age of seventy-seven 
years. 

Rev. John Cavenau^h of the Free 
Methodist Church was an incessant 
worker of much ability. His Irish wit 
helped to hold the large audiences he 
would gather on the street. He told many 
unrepentant sinners of "the wrath to 
come." His death was as glorious as it 
was sudden! He was eighty years of 
age. 

Preacher J. D. Charles, a beloved 
teacher in the Mennonite School at Hess- 
ton, Kansas favored your representative 
in former years, helping our work as 
there was opportunity. 

Elder Daniel Adams of the Third 
Church of the Covenanters, Philadelphia 
was faithful in his attendance at church 
and always interested in our work. 

Rev. Theo. Mees, Ph. D., of the Ohio 
Synod Lutheran Church is another who 
will be greatly missed. He leaves sons 
who are honored ministers of their faith. 
The out sailing ships leave us with sor- 
row. What a joy awaits the Christian's 
glad welcome in "The home beyond the 
tide." 

On October twenty-third my lecture 
is in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, West 
New York, New Jersey. The invitation 
says come early for supper. I hope to do 
so. See how many good things reform 



workers get ! Reader don't you want to 
join the happy company? I must now 
hasten to the train and join friends in 
service at Quincy, Mass. May God bless 
you and keep us all faithful. The sun- 
shines, but the fall days are here! 



LIZZIE WOODS' LETTER. 

Omaha, Neb., Oct. 11, 1923. 
Dear Cynosure: 

This finds me up again from a very 
sick spell. I came home the 10th of 
July. Just able to get here. I was sick 
many days since then thinking that my 
time was out, but the Lord healed me. 
Ps. 103:2. 

I left home May, the 22nd for Trenton, 
N. J. to a state meeting. On my way 
I stopped over one night at each place — 
St. Joseph, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Mo- 
berly, Sedalia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, 
Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pitts- 
burgh, Pa. I stopped over in this town 
ten nights holding a meeting for Elder 
C. C. Fredrick. I spoke to more than 
a thousand people each night. The Lord 
let me teach on all lines of sin and 
especilly the sin of secret societies. The 
people who are thinking can see since 
the K. K. are so bold in hooding them- 
selves right before the public, right in 
the presence of the law, flogging their 
own people, that the secret empire is 
damning this country. Am showing that 
the Masons and the Ku Klux are one 
taking the law in their hands and running 
this government. Many white and color- 
ed can see now that the National Chris- 
tian Association is right. If all the min- 
isters of the Gospel would show the great 
sin of these societies there would not 
have been so much of it in the leaders of 
this Government. The United States 
is in an awful predicament, the officers 
of the law are in these oath-bound secret 
orders and there is no use to ask their 
protection ,for they are sworn to beat or 
kill whoever don't please. Some of the 
Mason's don't uphold the Ku Klux in 
hooding themselves. I wonder what is 
doing behind closed curtains. I told 
whole congregations that all secret socie- 
ties was of the Devil. Some of them got 
mad and I told Elder Fredrick that 
when the Devil gets mad he will do any- 
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body burn that tent. The very day I 
said that they set fire to the tent, a new 
seven hundred dollar tent, and burned 
it half up before the fire company could 
put it out. Elder Fredrick had part of 
an old tent he put in place of that which 
was burned and went right on with the 
meeting. The people gave him money 
enough that same night to go to Cleve- 
land, Ohio and get a new half in place of 
that half that was burned. 

A student from one of our colleges 
came to see me one day to know where 
I got knowledge of the secret societies. 
I told him about National Christian As- 
sociation and took pleasure in showing 
and telling how the Masons killed Mr. 
Morgan and how God raised up some 
men and formed this N. C. A. to warn 
men who are in them to come out and 
those who are out to keep out of them. 
He said, "I would be afraid to expose 
them." I said, "God is not afraid to 
expose sin. All sin is of the Devil. I 
John 3 :8. 'He that committeth sin is of 
the Devil for the Devil sinneth from the 
beginning. For this purpose the Son of 
\God was manifested that he might de- 
' stroy the works of the Devil.' " I said, 
"Now how will anybody know the sin 
that is in the secret work of the Devil, if 
somebody don't show them the sin." I 
said, "There are many in the lodge that 
don't know the sin that is in them till 
you show it to them by the light of God's 
Word." He said, "Well, I never saw 
a woman like you, so fearless and so deep 
in the Scripture." He said, "You are 
right and it is wonderful about that N. 
C. A. so many people don't know that 

they are exposing their secrets. You have 
opened my eyes. I want you to pray for 
me." He said this, almost in tears. The 
young man was really touched over the 
Bible lesson. He said, "I want to be a 
real Christian. I don't belong to them. 
Pray that God will save me from all sin. 
I am a Christian, but I am not what I 
ought to be." I prayed for him and he 
thanked me. He said, his education 
would help him to get through the world, 
but he needed the power of the Holy 
Spirit to give power to be a real witness 
that Jesus saves young men from all sin. 
I ask the prayers of the N. C. A. read- 
ers that the Lord will give me strength 



to go on in His work. I am weak yet. 
More to follow about my eastern trip. 
LIZZIE W. ROBINSON. 



PUTS FIVE QUESTIONS TO KU 
KLUX KLAN MEMBERS. 

To the Editor of the News : An or- 
ganization styling itself the Ku Klux 
Klan has been causing discussion and 
comment in your paper and I would like 
to say a few words in regard to it. 

This organization claims it upholds the 
constitution of the United States, yet in- 
tends to supply mob rule for the present 
system. Will some Ku Klux Klan mem- 
ber answer the following questions : 

1. Why do you declare the white race 
supreme when you know, or should know, 
that our constitution declares all persons 
to be born free and equal, regardless of 
race, color, or previous condition of ser- 
vitude ? 

2. How can you enforce any of your 
so-called doctrines if not by mob rule? 

3. Is it not a fact that those who 
came over on the Mayflower were for- 
eigners and that their descendants were 
naturally descended from foreigners? 

4. To whom is the Klan responsible 
if not to its own officers? 

5. What does the Klan intend to do 
that cannot be done without it — or why 
is the Klan ? 

If the above questions are answered 
truthfully by some Klansman, I will thank 
him. — I. S. CORMAN. — Cleveland 
News, Sept. 3, 1923. 



JOHN JAY, First Chief Justice, U. S. A. 

We know that a great proportion of 
mankind are ignorant of the revealed will 
of God, and that they have strong claims 
to the sympathy and compassion which 
we, who are favored with it, feel and are 
manifesting for them. ... By convey- 
ing the Bible to the people we certainly 
do them a most interesting act of kind- 
ness. 



Let no one lay on himself a cross, or 
dare to choose a trial. But if one comes 
on us, let us suffer it, and know abso- 
lutely that it shall be good and profitable 
for us. — Luther. 



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LETTERS FROM FRIENDS. 

A friend living in Bellingham, Wash- 
ington, writes : "I have so many ways 
for my money to go, but I am more and 
more interested in trying to clean up the 
conditions in our Christian churches." 
The writer sends for literature for dis- 
tribution, which of course has been sent. 



A friend of the Association writes from 
Tasmania Island: "Thank you for the 
books and tracts duly received. One of 
the very best is 'A Three-Fold Indictment 
of Secret Orders,' by A. Murrman. Mr. 
Murrman preaches the gospel so clearly, 
as well as writes very forcibly against 
Masonry. I also like the tract by Dr. 
R. A. Torrey, 'My Reasons for Not Join- 
ing the Masons.' Send me seventy-five 
of these tracts, and thirty of the book- 
lets by Murrman." 



A friend in Columbus, Ohio, writes: 
"The battle here in Columbus is still in 
full swing. We dare not silence the guns 
for one moment. In my brief three years 
of ministry I have succeeded, by the Grace 
of God, in winning two Masons, one 
Knight of Pythias, three Woodmen, and 
five from the minor orders, from the toils 
of lodgery. It can be done if the truth 
is brought to bear without fear of men. 
The Cynosure has been a great help in 
the work. Rev. Gerhard H. Doerman, 
who is the Recording Secretary of the 
National Christian Association, directed 
my choir for two years, so you see I am 
kept in touch with what is going on." 



Rev. E. R. Dodd, pastor of the College 
Church of Marion, Indiana, writes: "I 
do not know what we would do without 
the Christian Cynosure. May the Lord 
bless you in your great work. We have 
nearly three hundred students, very fine 
young men and women, many preparing 
for the ministry. We have just had a 
round-up on the lodge question; made 
some good friends and created some fierce 
enemies. If we were of the world they 
would love us, but because we are not 
they hate us. A number of our preachers 
in this city are members of the K. K. K." 



The best proof that one is filled with 
the Spirit is that he bears the fruit of 
the Spirit. — Selected. 



ATTAINING THE IDEAL- 
PRESIDENT HARDING. 

Rev. J. M. Foster, Boston. 

"Howbeit he attained not unto the first 
three." i Chron. 11:21, 25. One of the 
sad things we meet is : A young man 
who stands high in college and wins 
prizes, but in the future does not meas- 
ure up to his promises. In business, three 
out of every hundred succeed, the other 
ninety-seven are not all failures, but none 
of them attain unto the three. 

This is illustrated in David's eminent 
marshals. He had three great men, Ad- 
ino, Eleazar, and Agee. When David 
longed for a drink of the water from the 
well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, 
these three broke through the garrison of 
the Philistines, drew from the well and 
brought it to David. David would not 
drink, but promoted them for bravery. 
Abishai, brother of Joab, lifted up his' 
spear against three hundred and slew 
them. Benarah slew two lion-like men 
of Moab ; also he went down and slew a 
lion in a pit on a snowy day. He slew an 
Egyptian, a man of great stature, five 
cubits high, and in the Egyptian's hand 
was a spear like a weaver's beam; and 
he went down to him with a staff, and 
plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's 
hand, and slew him with his own spear. 
These two had a name among those 
mighties ; but in each case it is recorded : 
"Howbeit he attained not unto the first 
three." We are not told why. Perhaps 
it was some fatal weakness, intemper- 
ance, dishonesty, untruthfulness. At all 
events the story is, that notwithstanding 
their deeds of splendid heroism, they did 
not attain. Why was this? 

President Harding's demise reminds 
us that six out of thirty presidents have 
died in office; three by assassination: 
Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley, and 
three by natural death : Harrison, Tyler 
and Harding. With all his good quali- 
ties (and he had many) the general ver- 
dict is: "Howbeit he attained not unto 
the first three." Why? Was he not so 
well equipped with gifts and talents? 
Was there some fatal weakness? Con- 
sider. 

1. The presence of one unconquered 
sin in a man's character is often the secret 
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slew the lion in the pit on a snowy day 
may have had a tiger lust in his own 
heart. Many a young man fails because 
of the presence of one unconquered sin 
in his soul. "He that sinneth against me 
(the God-man) wrongeth his own soul." 
A harmless indulgence at the first, it 
grows, its tendrils fasten about the ma- 
sonry of his character, its roots rive the 
walls of the temple and at length the 
whole fabric falls in ruins. 

You say, that is commonplace. Yes, 
but the commonplace of thought becomes 
the tragedy of experience. "The little 
rift within the lute" is its ruin. Hartley 
Coleridge was a gifted man, but the 
opium habit was his undoing. Lord 
Byron was a poetic genius, but his in- 
ordinate egotism ate his soul like a can- 
ker. In England and Greece, in the army 
and the study, this vulture devoured his 
heart. Robert Burns was the idol of the 
Scots, but his convivial habits "hardened 
all within and petrified the feelings." 
President Harding was in many respects 
a model man and typical American, but 
he was a high degree Mason. How can a 
vman who has taken the initiation oaths of 
Vthe first thirty-three degrees with their 
shocking and blasphemous imprecations, 
attain? He bore Satan's brand of the 
kingdom of darkness. "Howbeit he 
attained not unto the first three martyr 
Presidents." 

2. Lack of concentration is another 
reason why many disappoint their prom- 
ises. 

They dissipate their energies in a thou- 
sand ways, and so fail to accomplish 
anything great. When you hear of a 
minister who is "a great doctor," or "a 
wonderful artist," you do not expect him 
to be a pulpit genius. There are excep- 
tions, of course. Rossetti "could paint 
as well as he sang," and "sing as well 
as he painted." It is not enough to do 
many things as well as others, but he 
must do one thing better than any one 
else. Paul said, "This one thing I do." 
The orator must gather all his physical, 
intellectual, moral and spiritual energies 
and concentrate them upon the attain- 
ment of his goal, as he carries his audi- 
ence on to the consummation. A moun- 
| tain stream flows down into the gorge, 
j through the valley, out into the plain, 
I becoming a river; but near the river it 



spreads out into a trackless marsh and 
loses its channel. How many are like 
that! There is only one cure for it, viz. 
to have our souls overmastered by a great 
ideal. "This one thing I do," said Paul 
after the Son of God was revealed in his 
soul. The cross mastered him. "For me 
to live is Christ," "I am crucified with 
Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me." President Harding 
did many things well. As school-teacher, 
editor, Governor of Ohio, United States 
Representative and Senator, and our 
Chief Executive, he did well ; but he was 
not an outstanding figure anywhere. 
"Howbeit he attained not unto the first 
three." 

3. Men disappoint their future be- 
cause they are too contented with what 
they have done in the past. 

One can fancy that Abishai was given 
to boasting. "Do you remember that day 
when I met three hundred in the parcel 
of ground and smote them hip and 
thigh? Was not that a great achieve- 
ment? In Liverpool there is a machine 
shop for training engineers for ocean 
liners. The superintendent says : Many 
of their most promising men, after they 
go out fail. They are satisfied after reach- 
ing the goal of preparedness, and fall into 
carelessness or intemperance. They are 
too well satisfied. Many Christians fall 
into this snare of the Devil. One sin de- 
stroys much good. President Harding 
made good use of his natural and ac- 
quired talents. He was a moon that 
shined with reflected light, but he was 
not a fixed star. "Pigmies are pigmies 
still, though perched on Alps, and pyra- 
mids are pyramids though in the vale" — 
Harding was not a pigmy, nor a pyramid, 
"Howbeit he attained not unto the first 
three martyr Presidents." The man de- 
serves all praise who rises to his best self 
— and President Harding did that. We 
are reminded of Lincoln's saying, "God 
must have thought a lot of the common 
people, because he made so many of 
them." We like that company. 



Sometimes we become impatient be- 
cause God does not disclose what He 
wants us to do next year when He is busy 
trying to show us what He wants to be 
done right now. — Selected. 



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THE ANCIENT KU KLUX KLAN. 

By Dr. G. A. Pegram, Harrison, Ark. 

It is not known to all, not even to all 
Bible readers, that there was a secret 
society in Bible times which corresponded 
almost exactly to the Ku Klux Klan. But 
there was, and it was frequently referred 
to in the New Testament. As all secret 
societies want to borrow dignity, import- 
ance and respectability by claiming an- 
tiquity for themselves, it is now in order 
for the Klan to claim that they are found- 
ed on the Bible, and that their fraternal 
heads are all silvered over with the 
frosts of many centuries. 

The Sicarii was an ancient secret 
society existing before, during and after 
New Testament times. They constituted 
what was called one of the Nationalist 
parties. One writer says, "The Sicarii, 
or Assassins, were those who carried a 
dagger or short sword, called a sica, un- 
der their clothing, that they might kill 
secretly and treacherously any one they 
wished to; a cutthroat." Another says, 
"The Sicarii, Assassins or Murderers, 
formed an association, or secret society of 
bandits. These fanatics carried a poniard, 
(called a sica, whence their name) con- 
cealed in the folds of their dress, at- 
tempted to carry out their purposes by 
secret assassination, visiting Jerusalem at 
festival times, and inflicting mortal blows 
unseen in the crowds, on those whom 
they adjudged the enemies ;of God." 
Josephus says, "They called the robbers 
having swords under the folds of their 
garments, Sicarii." Again he says, "The 
Sicarii are robbers attacking with dag- 
gers similar in size to the short swords 
of the Persians, but also curved like 
those called sicas by the Romans." He 
intimates further that they secretly at- 
tacked those whom they had marked for 
assassination, but met with friendly 
greeting. 

In his commentary on Acts 23:12ft. 
Dr. Adam Clarke says, "These forty 
Jews were no doubt of the class of Sicarii 
(similar to those after called Assassins) 
a class of fierce zealots, who took justice 
into their own hands, and who thought 
they had a right to despatch all those 
who, according to their views were not 
orthodox in their religious principles." 

The foregoing quotations clearly de- 



fine the character and purpose, the plans 
and practices, of the Sicarii, and also re- 
veal their close similarity to their modern 
descendants. The Sicarii stood profess- 
edly for the integrity and independence 
of the Jewish State, and for the perman- 
ence and precedence of the Jewish church. 
They professed to be 100 per cent for 
Judaism both religiously and politically. 
There was nothing wrong in all this prop- 
erly interpreted. But every Bible reader 
knows that they woefully misinterpreted 
the Bible both in word and in spirit. 
Loyalty to both Jewish Church and Jew- 
ish State was their bounden duty, when 
properly understood and properly car- 
ried out. The real difficulty was, that 
their views of orthodoxy were sadly per- 
verted, so that they represented neither 
God's will nor his word. Moreover their 
spirit, purpose and plans were all at var- 
iance with the spirit and teachings of the 
Bible, so much so, that they could not be 
honest, or just, fair or kind to those 
whom they considered to be the enemies 
of God or of themselves; whereas, God 
commanded his people to love their en- 
emies, and to show their religious super- 
iority by goodness, justice and kindness. 
Ex. 23 :4f; Job 31:29^; Prov. 24:17^ 
25:2if. They sadly overlooked their 
own law, and perverted their own teach- 
ings. But the Sicarii were very bitter 
against any one whom they considered to 
be disloyal either to the Jewish Church 
or to the Jewish State. That is why 
they so bitterly opposed Jesus and his 
disciples, and especially the Apostle Paul, 
whom they never ceased to hound from 
place to place, opposing his evangelistic 
work among the Gentiles, to which he 
was especially called; seeking his death 
and overthrow ; continually accusing him 
of disloyalty to both Church and State. 
Their malicious hearts prevented them 
from seeing things in their proper light. 
Their malice forbade their seeing the 
right. When they did see wrong, their 
intense bitterness hindered them from 
handling it in the proper way, and in the 
proper spirit. Their hateful spirit caused 
them to do even the right thing in the 
wrong way, and when they professed to 
be administering justice, it was revenge 
instead of punishment. 

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tain Jews were continually accusing Jesus 
of being disloyal to the Jewish Church 
and the Jewish State, and also to Moses 
and his law. To convict him, they were 
continually quizzing him, that they might 
entrap him in his speech. They certain- 
ly used third degree methods in exam- 
ining him. They made every effort to 
detect and reveal the heresy and dis- 
loyalty of which they suspected him. Ac- 
cusing him of blaspheming Jerusalem, the 
temple, the law and the Jewish people, 
was part of their program. This was 
the object of his final trial, and for which 
he was condemned and crucified. 

It was the Sicarii, forty of whom 
bound themselves together under oath 
not to eat or drink, till they had killed 
Paul. When Paul was arrested, they 
cried, "Men of Israel, help; this is the 
man that teacheth all men everywhere 
against the people, and against the law 
and this place ; and furthermore brought 
Greeks also into the temple, and hath 
polluted this holy place." Act 21 :28. 
When Paul related the experience of his 
conversion and his call to preach to the 
Gentiles, it was the same crowd and clan 
who cried, "Away with such a fellow 
from the earth; for it is not fit that he 
should live." Act 22 :2if. They could 
tolerate anybody who refused to accept 
their perverted religious views. They 
wanted to kill, crucify, or assassinate 
every supposed heretic. Many of these 
heretics were men who refused their gar- 
bled interpretations, and had the true 
interpretation of the law. Every Chris- 
tian knows that their spirit was not the 
spirit of Christ. That is why they re- 
jected him. The reader will readily re- 
call other pertinent references to the same 
subject. 

The Sicarii were not simply bitter 
against supposed disloyalty and heresy; 
they were blood-thirsty. They were not 
satisfied to see their political and religious 
enemies weak, unpopular or defeated; 
they wanted them murdered. Their anx- 
iety to see them assassinated was so 
strong that they had a fierce and unalter- 
able determination to do it themselves. 
They were so persistent in their purpose 
to destroy such enemies, that when their 
intended victim got beyond their own 
reach, they passed the word and accusa- 



tion along to others likeminded and of the 
same mind, who were to continue the 
political, ecclesiatical and social persecu- 
tion of all those marked for destruction. 
The intelligent readers will remember 
how this clan of crooks followed and 
hounded Paul from place to place, 
especially during and because of his mis- 
sionary work among the Gentiles. This 
class of Jews did not want the Gentiles 
to be saved, although their salvation was 
both promised and prophesied in their 
own Bible, and was God's plan from the 
beginning. The accusations repeatedly 
made against Paul, and the principles 
and purposes of the Sicarii, are very 
similar and very noticeable to the intel- 
ligent and thoughtful. 

The Sicarii did not wear masks, but 
long flowing robes. They did not carry 
guns, but daggers. They did not work 
simply at night, but also in daytime. 
They generally worked in crowds, as 
when they plotted and threatened Paul's 
destruction; but they also worked 
alone. They did not always seek 
their victim in solitary places; they 
frequently sought them in the great 
crowds at the Jewish feasts. Their 
expressed purposes were all right; 
no good Christian could object to their 
general principles. Most of the princi- 
ples of the Ku Klux Klan could be ac- 
cepted and endorsed by both Christians 
and patriots. Some of the Sicarii were 
conscientious men, and thought they 
were surely doing right; the Ku Klux 
Klan also have some good men who think 
the same thing. But many people do 
not thoroughly investigate the implica- 
tions of the moral principles they 
espouse; they simply take them on other 
people's ipse dixit. The Sicarii, as well 
as their modern counterpart, pretended 
to have a corner on patriotism and piety. 
They as well as the Ku Klux Klan grati- 
fied old grudges under the guise of law 
enforcement. Their plans and purposes 
were all hatched in secret, just as are 
those of the Ku Klux. Their real plans 
were not always those which they an- 
nounced to the public ; the Ku Klux Klan 
do not follow exactly the program which 
they announce to the public. The Sicarii 
used secret and underhanded methods in 
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particular as to either their methods or 
the means of accomplishing their pur- 
poses. The Sicarii believed that the end 
justified the means, just like the Ku Klux 
Klan. 

The Sicarii took the law and justice 
into their own hands; the Ku Klux do 
the same, and say there is reason for it. 
The Sicarii thought they had a right to 
despatch all who, according to their 
views, were not orthodox in their relig- 
ious principles, loyal in their citizenship, 
or faithful in party politics, just like 
their present progeny. The Sicarii lay 
in wait secretly for their victims also like 
their modern imitators. They banded 
themselves together under secret oaths; 
Klansmen do too. They kept their per- 
sonalities in the background. Most Klans- 
men will tell you that no one knows who 
they are. The Sicarii used deception as 
to their identity ; many of those who are 
known to be Klansmen, still deny to the 
world their membership with the order. 
The Sicardii used deception as to their 
membership and methods, just like the 
Ku Klux Klan. The Sicarii called them- 
selves patriots and pietists, and the con- 
servators of true religion. Nowadays 
people call the Sicarii, Assassins and 
Murderers. That makes one wonder 
what future generations will call their 
present descendants, for they also pro- 
fess perfect patriotism and piety. The 
Sicarii influenced the civil authorities to 
work with them either as henchmen, co- 
adjutors or members. The Ku Klux do 
also. 

When the Sicarii could not find a laud- 
able excuse to assassinate the objects of 
their malice, they manufactured one, as 
when they made false accusations aganist 
Christ and Paul, all of which were wholly 
false, or even arrant perversions of real 
facts. The Sicarii did not bring their 
oases into court; they decided them all 
in secret. When they occasionally haled 
their prisoners into court, it was not for 
the purpose of ascertaining the justice or 
dues, of this case, but for the purpose of 
taking some advantage of the accused, 
and yet doing it under the guise of jus- 
tice. Bible readers will remember that 
the Sicarii tried to get the authorities to 
bring Paul into the court, as if to inquire 
more perfectly into his case, while they 
were lying in wait to kill him. They did 



not try their cases in open court, or pri- 
vately, but secretly, and on ex parte testi- 
mony, the testimony of the victim's en- 
emies. The condemned had no assistance 
whatever^ Malice and hatred never want 
their victims to have any chance or jus- 
tice. Their victims had no assistance, 
no defense, no attorney, no appeal, in 
fact, no chance whatever. Only damna- 
tion and death of their victims satisfied 
them. Their case was decided in ad- 
vance in secret by their enemies. The 
Sicarii did not want any defense, any 
testimony, any appeal. How does all 
this differ from what the Ku Klux Klan 
are doing to-day ? 

Every intelligent Christian at the pres- 
ent day condemns what the Sicarii did. 
If the Ku Klux Klan does the same thing, 
in practically the same way, and are ac- 
tuated by the same spirit, should they be 
condemned or commended? They both 
profess good objects; both pretend to be 
religious, and both pretend to be patriotic. 
Both appeal to class spirit and to class 
hatred. Both use secrecy. Both use vio- 
lence. Both take the law into their own 
hands. Both use underhand methods. 
Both use their organizations to gratify 
old grudges. Both pervert justice. Both 
keep themselves in the background. Both 
use deception as to their membership. 
Both profess to be conservators of relig- 
ion and patriotism. In view of all this 
similarity how can we commend the one 
while we condemn the other? If there is 
any difference, are not the people living 
in this enlightened age and country 
greater obligation to righteousness ' and 
justice than were those living in times of 
the Sicarii ? Are not the Ku Klux more 
blameworthy than the Sicarii. 

The Jews professed to be God's people, 
and the conservators of righteousness, 
justice and religion, and condemned and 
hated the Romans as heathen, and 
wicked. Yet the Romans did far more to 
protect Paul and to secure justice for 
him than his Jewish brethren ever did. 
The fact is, when the Romans did mis- 
treat Paul and his friends, it was be- 
cause they were generally instigated and 
prejudiced by the Jews. In his last years 
Paul ceased to look to the Jews for pro- 
tection, but turned to the Romans. 

The Ku Klux Klan all over the coun- 
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and political objects as did the Sicarii. 
But no amount of profession can ever 
atone for malicious deeds. For these 
reasons the religious press all over the 
country condemns the Ku Klux Klan 
as an unchristian organization, although 
it does not condemn other secret societies. 
They must surely think it is far worse 
than are other secret societies, and not in 
the same class with them, even though the 
Ku Klux Klan professes to be the bul- 
wark of Protestantism and patriotism. 
Let all thinking Christians ponder over 
these statements, and ask the reason. 



A PROBLEM IN PERCENTAGE. 
Rev. H. E. Harwood. 

In certain sections of this country a 
great many problems in percentage are 
being forced upon the American people 
today, and any sane thinking, normal 
minded person, regardless of creed, color, 
or race, can see that it is creating a sinis- 
ter undercurrent in many heretofore 
peaceful communities. Neighbors who 
once were on friendly terms are now eye- 
ing each other with suspicion. Unrest is 
in the air. People who do not fall in 
favor of certain propaganda are branded 
as "yellow," etc. But if they only sub- 
scribe to, and support such propaganda, 
they are "one hundred per cent." Natur- 
ally a little question mark arises in the 
back part of some of our minds. Many 
persons who heretofore have had no 
standing in a community, either mentally, 
morally or spiritually, are now recognized 
as "one hundred per cent." Can a leopard 
change his spots? 

This situation would be bad enough if 
it were confined to what we commonly 
call the world. But our hearts are made 
to cry out in protest when Christian peo- 
ple and even ministers of the gospel, who 
have claimed for years the abiding pres- 
ence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, are 
joining forces with these unscrupulous 
agitators and dragging their propaganda 
of hate into every church service and 
every private conversation. Can it be 
possible that people will so lightly cast 
aside the teachings of the gospel of Christ 
and accept unchallenged the wild ravings 
of highly paid strangers who come among 
us ? People need to think for themselves 
now as never before. The United States 



covers a large territory and presents some 
very complex problems of government. 
It is a wonder that we get along as well 
as we do. But about ever so often some 
Pied Piper will start the war cry and 
immediately shallow-minded people will 
throw up their hats and run after him. 
Paul said, "When I became a man I put 
away childish things." 

Psychologists claim that very few peo- 
ple think for themselves and the present 
situation seems to bear out the claims. 

Great forces have worked against the 
progress of the Christian Church in 
recent years. The plagues of war and 
disease have torn the world asunder and 
left it a bruised and bleeding mass, and 
in the resultant confusion we are trying 
to find a way out. The way out must 
be God's way. Our plans will amount to 
nothing without the motive power of the 
Holy Spirit. We have drifted danger- 
ously near the rocks and now at the 
psychological moment are ready to grasp 
at anything, and the sorry part about it is 
we want to blame someone else for our 
plight. Many years of experience as an 
itinerant Protestant minister has ac- 
quainted me with many different types of 
people and many complex situations. 
With the close acquaintance of the gen- 
eral spiritual condition of the Christian 
churches many of her leaders are not 
much surprised at her present plight. 
With open hearts and minds, friends, 
without respect to creed or color, let us 
ask ourselves the following questions: 
Where is the old-time sacrificial spirit of 
devotion to the church and her princi- 
ples? Of what value are her principles 
if we do not practice them? Are our 
churches filled on Sundays despite our 
improved modes of travel? Is the prayer 
meeting room too small for the crowd? 
Are our missionary meetings and Ladies' 
Aid power-houses of prayer? Are we 
maintaining the family altars in our 
homes? Are we teaching our children 
God's laws both by precept and practice ? 
Is the path to private prayer well trod- 
den? 

Friends, truth will compel us to hesi- 
tate about answering some of these ques- 
tions. People are relegating the doctrine 
of the new birth and holiness of heart to 
the church attic to make room for quilt- 
ing frames and fishing ponds. Every way 



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but God's way is being sought to pay the 
bills. Fathers and mothers who still keep 
up the family altars are regarded as old- 
fashioned. Churches who insist upon 
rigid tests of membership are classified 
as narrow-minded and "little." 

A cloud in the sky or company fur- 
nishes an excuse for staying at home on 
Sunday. A grudge at the minister or his 
wife furnishes an excuse for withholding 
our financial support, and our petty bick- 
erings and back-bitings have so robbed 
us of our spiritual powers that we are 
ready to take up with the teachings of 
the. first blib-tongued stranger who ap- 
pears in our midst, not discerning the real 
from the counterfeit. A spirit of fairness 
prompts me to say that many honest- 
minded and well-meaning people are de- 
ceived into believing that all our political 
and ecclesiastical problems will be solved 
by these would-be reformers. 

What do we need to help us now ? Do 
we need to rush madly into an organiza- 
tion purporting to be one hundred per 
cent American, when any one can become 
a member regardless of previous standing 
in his community, providing he has the 
price? Do we need to be incited to hatred 
and suspicion of our fellow men? Shall 
we allow men to commercialize our pa- 
triotism and be branded^ as yellow by 
ignorant and vicious persons anxious for 
our money only? We cannot hope for 
any betterment of present conditions even 
if they should gain supremacy. 

Deeply conscious of my limited judg- 
ment, I sincerely believe I am voicing the 
sentiment of thousands of Christian 
hearts when I humbly submit the follow- 
ing solution to our problem. 

We need a deeper spirit of loyalty to 
our church. We need to give better finan- 
cial support to our churches and church 
schools. We need to love our neighbors, 
not hate them. We need to put on the 
robes of righteousness, not mask and con- 
ceal our identity. We need to practice 
as well as preach a higher standard of 
morals. We need to give more attention 
to the religious education of our children. 
We need to live and let live. We need to 
fall upon our faces before the cross of 
Christ and confess our sins of omission 
as well as commission instead of using it 
as a symbol of spite and defiance. We 
need to use the ballot intelligently regard- 
less of party affiliation. 



Instead of shaking our fists at our 
Catholic, Jew and Negro neighbors and: 
saying, "Now see what you made us white 
Protestants do," we had better turn the* 
searchlight upon our own hearts and 
lives. As long as men and women are so 
far from being one hundred per cent 
Christian as we are, it is rather incon- 
sistent to pose as one hundred per cente 
American. 

The leaven of Christianity has been op- 
erating in the nations of the earth for 
over nineteen hundred years, and still we 
cannot find a one hundred per cent Chris- 
tian community. All good work grows 
slowly, so do not be deceived by false 
prophets who come among us purporting 
to have power to solve all our problems 
for us by some sort of "hocus pocus" pro- 
ceeding. Let's avoid "entangling al- 
liances" with wizards and their followers 
and work out our own salvation with fear 
and trembling. 



NEW YORK FORBIDS K. K. K. AND* 
KAMELIA TO INCORPORATE. 



Albany, N. Y., Oct. 12. — (Special)— I 
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and their 
women's auxiliary, Kamelia, are prohib- 
ited forever from acting as an incorpor- 
ation by an order obtained today from 
Supreme Justice Rosche by Deputies At- 
torney General Charles E. McManus and 
Edward G. Griffin. 

It has been charged the klan had at- 
tempted to incorporate to escape the 
Walker law, which required the klan 
organizations to unmask by filing with' 
the secretary of state the lists of their 
members. 



God never gave to man fine intellec- 
tual powers, vigorous understanding, 
strong-winged imagination, cunning in- 
vention, or soul-rousing eloquence for 
the owner's sole use and benefit. Talent 
is trust. Let no man covet it unless there 
comes with it wisdom from above to in- 
sure it a right direction. — Selected. 



We should be apt to think too highly 
of ourselves, and too kindly of the world, 
if we did not meet with some injuries 
and contempt, by which we are taught to 
cease from man. — Matthew Henry. 



There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 
aaved 

— Acts 4: 12 



CHRISTIAN 

CYNOSURE 



Jesus answerea 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
world, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 
— John 18:20 



And have no fellowship with the un- 
fruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 
5:11). 

John Wesley's Comments on Eph. 5:11. 

Whatever it costs, flee spiritual adul- 
tery ! Have no friendships with the 
world. Thy life is at stake ; eternal, life 
or eternal death ! Oh, come out from 
among them, from all unholy men, how- 
ever harmless they may appear, and be ye 
separate. — Wesley's Sermons, Vol. 2, p. 
204. 

Albert Barnes. 

In commenting on Eph. 5:11 he says 
that during the Roman prosecutions all 
that was asked of Christians was that they 
cast a little incense on the altar of a 
heathen god. They suffered death rather 
than take part in heathen worship. Dr. 
Barnes says : "The radical idea is that 
Christians were to abstain from all con- 
nection with unbelievers — with infidels 
and heathens." — Barnes' Notes, p. 152. 

Dr. Adam Clarke's Commentaries. 
"Have no fellowship" means have no 
religious connection with heathens or their 
worship. The "unfruitful works of dark- 
ness" probably alludes, he says, to the 
mysteries among the heathens, and the 
differing lustrations (symbols) and rites 
through which the initiated went in the 
caves and dark recesses where these mys- 
teries were celebrated ; all of which he 
(the apostle) denominates works of dark- 
ness, because they were destitute of true 
wisdom ; and unfruitful works because 
they were of no use to mankind ; the ini- 
tiated being obliged, on pain of death, to 
keep secret what they had seen, and heard, 
land done. How then could they keep up 
'the profession of Christianity or pretend 
to be under its influence while they had 
communion with darkness, concord with 
(Belial, and partook with infidels? — Com. 
\on Eph. 5:11. 



WOULD JESUS ENTER THERE? 

When you enter the lodge's portals, 

And ascend its shining stair, 
I would ask you, softly ask you, 

Would the Savior enter there? 
Would the dear and blessed Savior, 

Who died on Calvary's cross, 
And for us poor, erring sinners 

Bore all sorrow, pain and loss, 
Pass the lodge's guarded portals, 

In the dim and misty light, 
Enter in mid deeds of darkness, 

Deeds of darkness and of night? 

Would he enter through the portals, 

Where the poor, and halt, and blind 
Cannot from earth's cares and sorrows 

A sweet. haven of refuge find? 
I would gently, softly, ask you, 

Would God's dear and only Son 
Enter through the lodge's portals, 

Where the needy cannot come? 

Would he, who is our example, 

He who drank the cup of gall ; 
He whose words and deeds doth teach us 

We should never swear at all, 
Enter through the lodge's portal, 

Swift ascend its shining stair, 
And before the altar of Baal 

Fearful oaths in secret swear? 

Would he round that heathen temple, 

By a Cable-tow be lead — 
Christ, the man of truth and candor, 

Who in secret nothing said? 
Ere you enter the lodge's portals, 

Ere you tread its shining stair, 
Ask yourself, my friend, the question: 

Would the Savior enter there? 



The world always loves to believe that 
it is impossible to know that we are con- 
verted. If you ask them, they will say, 
"I am not sure — " "I cannot tell" ; but 
the whole Bible declares, we may receive, 
and know we have received the forgive- 
ness of sins. — McCheyne. 



A wrong deed should be immediately 
repented of and confessed. 



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SAND VS. ROCK FOUNDATION. 

REV. J. M. FOSTER, BOSTON. 

The Saviour tells of two builders, 
equally skillful and efficient, but one built 
wisely upon a rock, the other foolishly 
built upon the sand. The day of storm 
came, the first stood, the other fell. The 
foundation is fundamental. 

1. Many live entirely on the surface. 
Like butterflies, flitting from flower to 
flower, they seek pleasure at ball games, 
athletic contests, ball rooms, dance halls, 
banquets, theatres, joy-riding, sight-see- 
ing voyages. Their thinking is superficial, 
if you may dignify their intellectual proc- 
esses with that term. It is too much 
trouble, it takes too much energy to think. 
Their morals are superficial, they make 
clean the outside of the cup and the plat- 
ter, but within are wicked in thought, feel- 
ing and desire. Their religion is super- 
ficial. They are like the pharisees, who 
made long prayers and fasted, but hated 
man and feared not God; paid tithes of 
annis, mint and cummin, but neglected 
the weightier matters of the law, justice, 
mercy and truth : these ought ye to have 
done, but not to have left the other un- 
done. The secret, oath-bound lodge sys- 
tem is indicted here : white aprons, red 
sashes, plumed hats, swords, brass but- 
tons, blue coats, epaulettes, banners, bands 
of music — all to be seen of men, but the 
system earthly, censured, devilish. The 
Ku-Klux-Klans, with their night prowl- 
ings, in sheets and pillow slips and fiery- 
cross banner, is one of the kingdom of 
darkness. The ivy and orchid throw 
their roots out into the air, while clinging 
by tendrils to the branch of an oak. They 
produced beautiful flowers, but no fruit. 
The grape vine is rooted deep in the soil 
and produces rich clusters of fruit. These 
secret lodges cling to the state by char- 
ters and they awaken public admiration, 
but they bring no fruit unto perfection 
while the family, the church and the state 
are rooted and grounded in the nature of 
things, and live and move, and have their 
being in the Author and upholder of all 
things. The Entente Powers fought the 
Central Powers for four years and signed 
the Armistice, promising that no indemni- 
ties would be exacted. Then the Paris 
Treaty was framed, in direct contraven- 
tion of their solemn agreement, and the 
Germans were compelled to sign on the 



dotted lines a bond requiring fifty billion 
dollars ($50,000,000,000), an impossible 
sum. At London it was reduced to thir- 
ty-two billion ($32,000,000,000). And 
France has had her invading army in the 
Ruhr for ten months, demanding the flesh 
nearest the German heart. But God al- 
ways has the last word. And here is His 
message : "Your covenant with death 
shall be dismantled, and your agreement 
with hell shall not stand." Great Britain 
and the United States should demand that 
France call her forces home, and the 
British and French occupation of the 
Rhine should cease at once. 

There are many who go beneath the 
surface, but not to the rock. An iron 
pillar in Delhi was thought by the Hindus 
to reach to the center of the earth, but 
the English dug down and found it only; 
twenty inches below the surface. Trees 
whose roots are near the surface are easily 
blown over; but the oak, that strikes its 
roots deep into the soil stands amid the 
terrific storms. "Every plant which my 
Father hath not planted shall be rooted 
up." They cumber the ground. A tower in 
Italy was built. The foundation was laid 
four inches above the rock on the clay. 
The tower fell. The rock must be reached. 
The Eddystone Light-house is built upon 
a granite rock in the English channel four- 
teen miles south of Plymouth. The first 
one was built by Mr. Stanley, 1700. It 
was one hundred feet high, of wood and 
apolyglon. It was swept away by a storm 
in 1703, builder and crew lost. Rudyard 
rebuilt it 1709; it was of wood and nine- 
ty-two feet high; it w r as burned in 1755. 
Smeaton built a third in 1759, 72 feet 
high, shaped like the trunk of an oak, 
twenty-six feet, nine inches in diameter 
at the base and fifteen feet at the top. 
The granite blocks were mortised and 
tenoned into the island rock. It stands 
today. The secret, oath-bound lodge sys- 
tem is a modern tower set upon a rock 
at the sea. The stormy tempest of God's 
wrath will sweep it away ; but the church, 
the state and the family are of God, 
tenoned and mortised in the rock of ages 
and must abide. 

Only those who build upon Christ are 
secure. It is not good masonry to men- 
tion Christ's name because Jews, Moham- 
medans and Pagans are members and 
they must not be offended. President 



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Wilson refused to propose in the Peace 
Conference at Versailles, that Christ be 
recognized in the Covenant of the League 
of Nations, because the Constitution of 
the United States was silent as to His 
regal claims, because Jews, Mohamme- 
dans and Pagans were in our citizenry 
and must not be offended, and that was 
his mandate from the American people. 
Is it not strange that these avowed ene- 
mies of Christ are considered, while He 
in whom we live, and move, and have 
our being is ignored. How can Chris- 
tians live in such an atmosphere of secu- 
larism? Their lives are hid with Christ 
in God. Coal miners go down into the 
pit where "the damp," poisonous gas fill 
the chamber. They strap a knapsack 
filled with air on their back. A rubber 
tube connects the air chest with a lamp 
on their cap-neb. A spring closes their 
nostrils and they go down into the gas 
poisoned chambers with perfect impun- 
ity. So believers are brought into Christ. 
Their lives are hid with Him. Through 
the golden pipes of the ordinances they 
breathe the atmosphere of heaven. The 
secret oath-bound lodges have no such 
protection. No wonder the apostle cries : 
"Come out from among them and be ye 
separate." Dig deep — find the The Rock, 
build upon that. "Upon This Rock I 
will build my church and the gates of 
hell shall not prevail against it." 



Commenting on the tendency toward 
secret organization in the 16th and 17th 
centuries, James L. Dwyer, in a review of 
Miss Margaret A. "Murray's book, "The 
Witch-Cult in Western Europe" (Ox- 
ford Univ. Press), says this inclination is 
inherent in- human nature and still exists 
today in enlightened America. "Con- 
sider," he writes, "our college fraternities 
and zoological brotherhoods, with their 
pass-words, grips, and oaths ; consider 
the nocturnal gatherings, the spectral dis- 
guise, the grotesque hanky-panky, and 
the Imperial Wizards, Dragons, and 
Whatnots of the Ku Klux Klan!" Yes, 
and we may add, consider the secret 
ritualism and mummery of the innumer- 
able other secret societies that have en- 
listed millions of Americans among their 
numbers. The late President Harding 
was a typical secret society man. His 



Secretary of Labor, James J. Davis, who 
is at the head of the Moose organization, 
exalts him as "America's greatest fra- 
ternalist" (fraternalism is synonymous 
with secret societydom in the minds of 
these people) in the current number of 
the Moose magazine, and the Fellozvship 
Forum reports that several Masonic 
lodges in different parts of the country 
are going to perpetuate Harding's mem- 
ory by adopting his name. 

Let us not forget that, as in the 16th 
and 17th centuries, so now, secretism is 
more or less a religious cult, and it is 
this feature in particular that makes it so 
dangerous to those who profess the Chris- 
tian religion. Considerable new light on 
this aspect of a many-faceted subject will 
be thrown in "A Dictionary of Secret 
and Other Societies," by Arthur Preuss, 
for which the B. Herder Book Co. is now 
taking advance orders. The work will 
appear soon after New Year, 1924, and 
will present authentic information about 
hundreds of Masonic and other secret 
societies with which this country is in- 
fested. — The Fortnightly Review, Octo- 
ber 15, 1923. 



One advantage derived from Ku Klux 
Klan activities might be found in the 
attention which thoughtful citizens are 
now giving to the entire question of 
secretism. It is being realized more and 
rnore that there is no place for secret 
societies in a republic. 

The Wisconsin News, published at 
Milwaukee and owned, we believe, by 
Arthur Brisbane, recently published on 
its editorial page a picture of women who 
had just joined "The Loties," a female 
order affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. 
The editor made the following com- 
ment : — 

"These young ladies are very much 
like children that dress up in their 
mothers' clothes and parade the streets, 
feeling important. • The only trouble is 
that, like those children, these ladies, 
without knowing it or planning it, may 
get into mischief or be the cause of mis- 
chief in others. 



"Simplicity and purity are the two 
wings by which a man is lifted up above 
all earthly things." 



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Why I Left the Loyal Order of Moose 

By JACK PEISER 



Why did I leave the Moose lodge? 
Why did I join in the first place. In con- 
sequence of war-service I developed 
tuberculosis. After many weary months 
spent in a sanatorium I learned of the 
L. O. O. M. The sick benefits which 
they offered -appealed to me. The de- 
scription of Mooseheart and the work 
done by the lodge on behalf of the chil- 
dren of deceased 

members impressed 

me. I joined the 
Moose. 

The experiences of 
the war and the time 
spent in the sanator- 
ium made me more 
serious. Up to that 
time I had been a 
member of "the big 
church." I now was 
persuaded to attend 
the Lutheran Church, 
and later I joined an 
adult class. We had 
practically finished 
studying the cate- 
chism, when Pastor 
Engelbrecht spoke on 
the lodge. I fully 
agreed that Masonry 
was wrong, but I did 
not see then that the 
religion of Masonry 
and that of the L. O. 
O. M. are identical. 
Fact is, I did not 
know what the Moose 
taught. Fortunately, 
the Moose officials had 
seen to it that the 
world should know 
their principles. A 
pamphlet published by 
J. A. Rondthaler, the 
Dean of Mooseheart, and entitled "Moose- 
heart," served to enlighten me on the sub- 
ject of the Moose-religion. Over and 
over again it is stated that the order is 
built up on the platform of the "Univer- 
sal Fatherhood of God and the Universal 
Brotherhood of Man." The Triune God 
is identified with the gods of Jews and 
heathen. And it is proposed to unite all 




MR. JACK PEISER 

The writer of the accompanying: 
article is one of the many thou- 
sands of young men who became en- 
snared in the secret orders as a re- 
sult of the intense lodge propa- 
ganda among our soldiers in this 
country and across the sea. 

But Mr. Peiser is one of the rela- 
tively few who have seen the light 
and who have had the courage to 
separate themselves from the un- 
equal yoke of the Christ-less lodge. 
He is now an active member of the 
Luther Memorial Chapel, Milwaukee. 

"Consult your pastor first," is the 
message which this young man 
sends out to all who may ever have 
been tempted to break their confir- 
mation vow by joining the forces of 
darkness. 



manner of believers on the broad plat- 
form of : "We all believe in one true God, 
Christian, Jew, Turk, and Hottentot." All 
sectarian teaching is excluded from the 
ritual of the lodge, and from discussion 
at the meetings, and "sectarian" to the 
Moose means anything that is offensive 
to any member of the order. Naturally, 
the divinity of Christ and His blood- 
atonement is sectarian, 
too, and must not be 
referred to. Services 
are held at w h i c h 
Protestant ministers 
officiate with Jewish 
rabbis, each being 
careful not to say any- 
thing that might of- 
fend the other. The 
blessed name of Christ 
is never mentioned in 
prayer. The children 
at Mooseheart are in- 
structed in the religion 
of their ancestors. 
Jews are instructed by 
a rabbi, Catholics by a 
Roman priest, and 
Protestants by a Prot- 
estant minister. But it 
is expressly stated that 
"each is careful to 
keep off controverted 
ground and that no 
countenance and room 
is 'given for contro- 
versy and debate, and 
no attempt is made to 
harmonize or in any 
way unify the various 
religious shades of be- 
lief and opinion." In 
that way the L. O. O. 
M. believes itself to be 
building the "House 
of God." One paragraph in the pamph- 
let alluded to reads : "Thus the L. O. 
O. M. through Mooseheart is by its pres- 
ent religious culture of childhood and its 
preparation for the coming House of God 
moving the whole Order toward that 
'House not made with hands, eternal in 
the heavens,' where shall be gathered all 
the various shades and grades of re- 



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231 



ligious beliefs, hopes, worships and prac- 
tice." 

This was enough for me. I remem- 
bered that Christ said : "He that believ- 
eth not the Son is condemned already and 
the wrath of God abideth on him." I re- 
membered that God expressly warns the 
believers in Christ not to be yoked togeth- 
er with unbelievers. The Moose lodge evi- 
dently teaches the very opposite. Accord- 
ing to the Moose, Jew and Gentile, be- 
lievers and unbelievers go to heaven. 
They all worship the one true God and 
are all God's children irrespective of their 
relation to Christ, the Savior. It is self- 
evident that the Moose does not believe 
in salvation by faith, but rather through 
works. Says John W. Ford, Supreme 
Dictator of the L. O. O. M. 1917-18 in 
a book "The Loyal Order of Moose and 
Mooseheart" on page 9 : "I wish to live 
here and now up to my highest and best, 
believing that this is. the fittest prepara- 
tion for a life to come." That is the 
"Credo" of the Moose. It became clear 
to me that L. O. O. M. had a different 
conception of Christianity than that 
taught by the Bible. It has no room for 
Christ and His redemption in its ritual 
and philosophy, for "The Moose lodge 
embraces in its membership too many rep- 
resentatives of every creed and phase of 
belief to commit itself to any distinctive 
interpretation of Christianity." That was 
more than enough for me. An organiza- 
tion that has no room for Christ is no 
place for me. Then and there I took off 
my Moose-pin. I am through with the 
L. O. O. M., thank God. 

Naturally, I lost my insurance. I felt 
confident that God would provide for me 
and He has. My health has been re- 
stored and I have come to realize the 
full value of church-membership. 

Let me offer a bit of advice to all 
young Lutherans. Before you join any 
kind of an organization, consult your 
pastor. As Christians you will not want 
to join any organization that is con- 
demned by the Word of God, and having 
been inveigled into it, you will want to 
leave it again. Save the initiation fee. 
Consult your pastor first. — W dither 
League Messenger. 



Nearly twenty millions of American 
men and women are members of organ- 
izations which boast fraternity. Yet 
great social problems remain unsolved. 
Possibly fraternity is so securely confined 
in the lodge room that it cannot get out 
and get to work for Society. — Grit, Sept. 
30, 1923. 



FOREGO VISIT TO PRESIDENT. 

The supreme council of the 33rd de- 
gree Scottish Rite Masons of the south- 
ern jurisdiction, which met at Washing- 
ton, decided not to make the customary 
formal call on President Coolidge. They 
declared that such visits made frequently 
by various organizations lay a heavy and 
unnecessary burden on the president. In- 
stead they sent a message of greeting and 
loyalty.— Pathfinder, Oct. 27, 1923. 



ORIGIN OF FREEMASONRY. 

Ques. Is it true that the order of Free- 
masons had its beginning in King Solo- 
mon's temple? — Ans. There is no evi- 
dence that the order has been in ex- 
istence for more than a few hundred 
years. As now organized the fraternity 
dates from 1717 when four lodges of 
London met and formed a grand lodge. 
A few lodges can be traced about 100 
years before 1717. Previous to that there 
is no record of the order. Historians of 
the subject say that in a general way the 
Masonic lodges can be traced from the 
stone mason lodges, survivals of the 
guilds which built churches, cathedrals 
and bridges in the middle ages. Stories 
that the order has had an uninterrupted 
existence since the days of the flood, since 
the time of Isis and Osiris in Egypt or 
since the building of Solomon's temple 
are mere myths and are not considered 
as part of the real history of Freema- 
sonry. — Pathfinder, October 27, 1923. 



Blessed is the man whose work drives 
him. Something must drive men, and if 
it is wholesome industry, they have no 
time for a thousand torments and temp- 
tations. 



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THE MORALITY AND RELIGION OF 
FREEMASONRY. 

By Rev. Otto C. A. Boeclek, 

Pastor, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran 

Church, Chicago, 111. 

Secrecy is Masonry's lock and bolt and 
bar. The Mason, as a rule, lives under 
the pleasant delusion that none but the en- 
tered, passed, and raised Mason knows 
anything about the "sublime" and "hid- 
den" mysteries of Freemasonry. He is not 
aware of the fact that seceding Masons 
have published the secret ceremonies of 
numerous degrees of the Masonic insti- 
tution, that these exposes are on the mar- 
ket, and can be bought for much 
less than those deceived persons paid for 
the revelation of these secrets who were 
initiated into the order. These exposes, 
we may safely maintain, are reliable be- 
cause they have been offered by men who, 
for conscience's sake, have left the lodge, 
and who, from Christian motives, would 
warn their fellow Christians never to be- 
come Masons. But we need not refer to 
these exposes of seceding Masons in the 
least in order to form an intelligent and 
Christian opinion concerning the charac- 
ter and claims of this oath-bound society. 
We shall, in this short treatise, quote only 
the standard works of Freemasons of the 
highest repute, whose authority no sane 
Mason can question. These writers give 
us more than sufficient proof that the 
morality and religion of Masonry are 
antibiblical and antichristian. 

I. — The Morality of Freemasonry. 

Masons assert that Freemasonry is a 
moral institution of the highest standing. 
Webb says : "Freemasonry is the most 
moral institution that ever existed." Mon., 
p. 37. Steinbrenner claims that "Masonry 
is not only a perfect code of morality, 
but that it also enforces a system of in- 
tellectual culture." Orig. and Hist., p. 15. 
Arnold says : "Masonry marches in the 
same path with Christianity today ; it 
seeks to exercise the foul spirit of selfish- 
ness, to make men love each other as 
brethren and bear one another's burden." 
Rationale and Ethics, p. 189. 

These claims sound good, and they 
would cause us to believe that there is no 
institution in the world more moral than 
Freemasonry. But these claims are not 
true. If Masonry is "the most moral in- 
stitution that ever existed," then it must 
necessarily be under the highest moral 



law that ever existed, the Ten Command- 
ments of God. But Mackey says : "Every 
Mason, say the old charges of 1722, is 
obliged by its tenure to obey the moral 
law. Now this moral law is not to be 
considered as confined to the decalog of 
Moses, within which narrow limits ecclesi- 
astical writers technically restrain it, but | 
rather as alluding to what is called the lex 
naturae, or the law of nature. The uni- 
versal law of nature is therefore the only 
law suited in every respect to be adopted 
as the Masonic code." Jurisprudence, p. 
502. "The Ten Commandments are not 
obligatory upon a Mason as a Mason, be- 
cause the institution is tolerant and cos- 
mopolite, and cannot require its members 
to give their adhesion to any religious 
dogmas or precepts except those which 
express belief in the existence of God and 
the immortality of the soul." Mackey, 
Ency., p. 205. The code of laws which 
regulate a Mason as a Mason is the law 
of nature and not the Ten Command- 
Inents of God. The Mason need not feel 
himself restrained by the en joinders of 
the Law of God, of which Christ says 
that not one jot or tittle of it shall pass 
away, which Christ Himself obeyed and 
required His followers to obey. The 
Mason as a Mason is free to disobey the 
Ten Commandments of God, and to fol- 
low that indefinable thing, the law of na- 
ture, as he sees it. Mackey says, Ma- 
sonry is "tolerant." Yes, indeed, Masonry 
tolerates what God does not tolerate. In 
rejecting the Ten Commandments as the 
norm and guide for man's actions, Free- 
masonry stands condemned, in the light 
of God's Law, as an immoral institution. 

Freemasonry very plainly and distinct- 
ly rejects the authority of the First Com- 
mandment, which requires us to worship 
but one God, the God as He has revealed 
Himself unto us in the Scriptures, the 
Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, 
three persons in one divine essence. This 
God alone should be worshiped, feared, 
loved, and trusted above all other things. 
There is none other God beside Him. The 
gods of man's hands and intellect are but 
idols. Masonry rejects this Triune God. 
Who is the god of Masonry? Mackey 
says : "The general sense of the fraternity 
has rejected all religious test except a be- 
lief in God." Ency., p. 97. Again, 
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Creator of heaven and earth, is particu- 
larly avowed in Masonry in His char- 
acter of the Great Master Builder of the 
world, and hence Masonically addressed 
as the Great Architect of the Universe." 
Juris., p. 93. Beside this Masonic god 
there is no other god in this institution. 
But who is this Great Architect of the 
Universe ? Here is the Masonic answer : 
"Freemasonry proclaims, as it has ever 
proclaimed, the existence of a Creative 
Principle which it terms the Great Archi- 
tect of the Universe." Supreme Council 
A. & A. Rite, Lusanne, 1868. Rev. 
Martin L. Wagner, in his book Free- 
masonry, an Interpretation, on p. 295, 
says : "Pike declares that this is but an old 
term revived, and identifies this creative 
principle with the generative principle of 
the Egyptian and Indian religions, and 
distinguishes it from the Jehovah of 
Christianity. Buck defines God as an 
omnipotent, eternal, boundless principle, 
and declares that the recognition of this 
principle of principles as the Great Archi- 
tect is the real genius of Freemasonry." 
The "god" in Freemasonry is not even a 
personal god, he is but a mere principle, 
so Masons of the highest authority tell 
us. They place their god on a level with 
the generative principle of the religions 
of Egypt and India, with the gods of the 
heathen. Masonry professes a false god, 
and everybody that congregates around 
the altars of Masonry is worshiping an 
idol of man's making. Masonry rejects 
the First Commandment : "Thou shalt 
have no other gods before Me." Wor- 
shipping at a Masonic altar is spiritual 
adultery. 

The Second Commandment reads : 
"Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Lord, thy God, in vain." And God has 
added the following threat to this com- 
mandment: "For the Lord will not hold 
him guiltless that taketh His name in 
vain." In the Masonic lodge the holy 
name of God is taken in vain in a most 
shameful manner by the horrible oaths 
that are administered in the various de- 
grees. Every new degree obliges the can- 
didate to take the name of God in vain 
and to call down terrible penalties upon 
himself. Morris says : "An affirmation 
is not esteemed equivalent to an oath in 
Masonry, however it may be in common 
law." Dictionary, Art. Affirmation. So 



Morris asserts that an oath must be 
taken. These oaths of Masonry are con- 
demned by God's Word. They stand in 
direct contradiction to Lev. 5, 4, 5, where 
we read: "If a soul swear, pronouncing 
to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it 
be that a man shall pronounce with an 
oath, and it be hidden from him; when he 
knoweth of it, then shall he be guilty in 
one of these. And it shall be, when he 
shall be guilty in one of these things, that 
he shall confess that he hath sinned in 
that one thing." 

In the various degrees of Masonry 
the candidate is required to take an oath 
on things that are "hidden from him." 
He must swear to keep secret matters 
that will in the future be made known 
to him, and that he will obey laws of 
which he knows nothing at the time when 
he is taking the oath. The candidate 
does not know whether the keeping of 
these secrets will be morally right or 
wrong. These oaths are expressly and 
clearly forbidden by the Word of God. 
There is no court of justice in the wide 
world that requires any one to take an 
oath in uncertain things. The candidate 
for the various degrees of Masonry is, 
indeed, assured that the obligation or oath 
which is required of him does not stand 
in contradiction to his religion, the laws 
of his country, the well-being of his fam- 
ily and of his neighbor. But this does not 
change the nature of these oaths, they are 
still oaths in uncertain things. If I am 
to take an oath, I must not rely upon the 
assurances of another person. I must be 
clearly convinced and see distinctly that 
I have a moral right to take the oath that 
is required. By taking these oaths in un- 
certain things, all candidates in Masonry 
take the name of God in vain. 

The oaths required by the Masonic 
lodge are frivolous oaths. Putting a per- 
son under oath is a most serious matter. 
Oaths should not be trifled with. The 
glory of God and the welfare of our 
neighbor alone can induce us to take an 
oath upon us in the presence of the all- 
seeing and holy God. Jesus clearly for- 
bids frivolous oaths when He says : 
"Swear not at all : neither by heaven, for 
it is God's throne; neither by the earth, 
for it is His footstool ; neither by Jerusa- 
lem, for it is the city of the great King. 
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, 






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because thou canst not make one hair 
white or black. But let your communica- 
tion be, Yea, yea ; Nay, nay ; for whatso- 
ever is more than these cometh of evil." 
Jesus clearly teaches us that in our daily 
communication and conversation as man 
to man we should be satisfied with using 
"yes" or "no," and we should not inter- 
lard our daily conversation with all man- 
ner of oaths, as the Jews were accustomed 
to do in His days. Oaths that are not 
judicial oaths are here forbidden. The 
oaths required from a candidate in Ma- 
sonry are not judicial oaths. There is no 
law of God or man that can obligate us to 
submit to these oaths. They are merely 
required by the self-made, man-made laws 
of the Masons. By binding yourselves by 
such oaths you become guilty of a frivo- 
lous act, of using a holy thing for a most 
unholy purpose. Such oaths have no 
binding force, and when taken, must sin- 
cerely be repented of as a violation of 
the divine command : "Thou shalt not take 
the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain." 
If a man refuses to repent of such silly, 
empty, frivolous oaths, he will fall under 
the condemnation of God : "The Lord 
will not hold him guiltless that taketh His 
name in vain." 

The oaths of Masonry are also most 
hideous and blasphemous oaths because 
they require the candidate to call down 
upon himself blood-curdling imprecations 
and most shocking penalties. These pen- 
alties are frequently mentioned in the 
writing's of Masonic authorities. We 
shall produce but one quotation. Mackey, 
in his Lexicon, Art. Penalty, alludes to a 
custom of the ancient Hebrews, and then 
continues to say: "After an animal had 
been selected, his throat was cut across 
[Entered Apprentice's penalty] with a 
single blow so as to divide the windpipe, 
arteries, and veins, without touching any 
bone. The next ceremony was to tear 
the breast open and pluck out the heart 
[Fellow Craft's penalty], and if there 
were the least imperfection, the body 
would be considered unclean. The animal 
was then divided into two parts and 
placed north and south [Master Mason's 
penalty], that the parties to the covenant 
might pass between them from east to 
west ; and the carcass was then left as a 
prey to voracious animals." The candi- 
date in Masonry obligates himself to sub- 



mit to these barbarous penalties, such as 
having his throat cut across, his heart 
torn from its seat, and his body cut in 
twain, if he should divulge any of the 
secrets entrusted to him, or break the 
vows which he has taken upon himself. 
Morris, in his Dictionary, Art. Disobe- 
dience, says : "The Mason who disobeys a 
due summons subjects himself to severe 
penalties." We learn from these words 
that if a Mason is summoned by a Mason 
for a purpose that seems fit to him, he 
must answer the summons or submit to 
terrible penalties. And this he has to de- 
clare under oath. A man who will submit 
to utter such profane language only de- 
grades himself in the highest degree. How 
can a man, how can a Christian submit 
to such indignities? But since the candi- 
date calls upon God in uttering these oaths 
with their shocking penalties, he becomes 
guilty of blasphemy. How can he call 
upon God to witness such a foul cere- 
mony, and to lend His ear to such profane 
and barbarous language? Here again he 
becomes guilty of a transgression of the 
Second Commandment, taking God's holy 
name in vain. 

The Law of God enjoins upon every 
man : "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 
thyself." Our love is to go out to all men 
upon earth. The Masonic lodge, with 
many other lodges, boasts much about its 
benevolence. But Masonic benevolence 
is partial and exclusive. It is benevolence 
of the Mason to the Mason every time, 
even in preference to the Christian if this 
Christian is not a Mason. Jesus describes 
this class of charity in these words: "If 
ye love them which love you, what thank 
have ye ? For sinners also love those that 
love them. And if ye do good to them 
which do good to you, what thank have 
ye? For sinners also do even the same. 
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope 
to receive, what thank have ye ? For sin- 
ners also lend to sinners, to receive as 
much again." The Masons exclude from 
their organization and from their acts of 
brotherly love all women, all old men in 
their dotage, all young men in their non- 
age, all atheists, all deformed persons, all 
madmen, and fools. They are, indeed, 
very independent and very exclusive in 
their charity. They are careful not to 
receive such as members as are likely to 
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the much-vaunted charity which they 
practice over against their Masonic 
brethren is not charity at all, for they are 
merely paying what they owe these people 
for the dues which they are required to 
pay. Morris, in his Dictionary, Art. Ad- 
vantages, says : 'The allurements to unite 
with a Masonic fraternity partake of the 
nature of personal advantages. It were 
folly to deny that, while the applicant is 
willing to impart good to his fellows, he 
expects equally to receive good." Morris 
here admits that the charity and ad- 
vantages of Masonry are merely a tit-for- 
tat business, merely a matter of one 
hand's washing the other. Masonic 
benevolence is selfishness pure and simple. 

The chastity and purity which is re- 
quired of the Mason is of a most exclu- 
sive kind. Mackey, Jurisprudence, p. 46, 
says: "No Mason shall debauch or have 
carnal knowledge of the wife, daughter, 
or concubine of his Master or Fellows." 
This is called the "Seventh Written Law 
of Masonry." A very fine law, indeed ! 
God requires us to observe chastity at all 
times and over against all persons, but 
the Mason is required to refrain from 
carnal lust only with the female relatives 
of Master Masons. Even the chastity of 
Masons is of an exclusive kind. Mackey 
also enjoins upon the Masonic conscience 
of all members that they shall not de- 
bauch the concubine of any Master Ma- 
son. So, then, Mackey admits that a 
Mason may have a concubine, that he may 
have a female companion who is not his 
lawful wife. This "Seventh Written Law 
of Masonry" is, no doubt, a veritable pest- 
house of iniquity. It stands all decency 
on its head, and stabs all true morality 
and purity to the heart! 

The morality for which the Masonic 
lodge stands is of the lowest type. It 
must be such, as the Ten Commandments 
are not the moral law by which Masons 
are guided and governed. The instances 
adduced above prove clearly that the Ma- 
sonic system arrogantly brushes aside the 
authority of God as it is expressed in the 
Ten Commandments. We do not say that 
every Mason ignores the Ten Command- 
ments. No ; many a man is better than 
the system to which he belongs. But Ma- 
sonry, in rejecting the authority of God 
in the Ten Commandments, becomes 
guilty of the highest immorality. Thus 



a man may lead a loose life in the light 
of the Ten Commandments and still be a 
good Mason as long as he obeys Masonic 
law. 

II. — The Religion of Masonry. 

Masonry is a religion. It has its own 
temples, altars, priests, religious emblems 
and symbols, prayers, and religious cere- 
monies. These things are too patent, and 
require no proof. 

Masonry has its own revelation. It is 
not the Bible. Mackey, Ency., p. 207, 
says : "The Jews, the Chinese, the Turk, 
each reject either the New Testament or 
the Old, or both, and yet we see no good 
reason why they should not be made Ma- 
sons. In fact, Blue Lodge Masonry has 
nothing whatever to do with the Bible. 
It is not founded on the Bible; if it was, 
it would not be Masonry; it would be 
something else." Masonry, we are told, 
is not founded on the Bible, even though 
the Bible may be found on a Masonic 
altar. The Bible is not the book of reve- 
lations for the religion of Masonry. What 
value should it have for the Mason? 
Mackey, in his Lexicon, Art. Bible, an- 
swers : "The Bible is used among Masons 
as the symbol of the will of God, however 
it may be expressed." The Bible is a mere 
symbol for the Mason, just as. the square 
and compass, the rough ashler and perfect 
ashler, the trestle-board and key-stone are 
symbols and emblems to the Mason. For 
in a lodge where Jews are in the ma- 
jority, the Old Testament may lie on the 
altar ; and in a lodge where Turks are in 
the majority, the Koran may lie on the 
altar ; and in a lodge where Parsees are in 
the majority, the Zend-Avesta may lie on 
the altar. It matters little to the Mason, 
because these books are but mere symbols 
to him. But Masonry has its own book 
of revelation. Which is it? Mackey, 
Ency., p. 641, says: "Its religion is that 
general one of nature." Buck, Mystic 
Masonry, p. 134, says: "God never mani- 
fested Himself to be seen of men. Crea- 
tion is His manifestation." Pike, Morals 
and Dogma, p. 206, says that "the Uni- 
verse is the true Word of God," the 
"thought of God pronounced." In re- 
jecting the Bible as its source of revela- 
tion, Masonry certainly stands in contra- 
diction to God's holy Word. 

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MASONIC OUTRAGES 

or 

How Freemasons Regard and Treat Those Who Expose and Discuss 

Their Institutions. 
By Rev. H. H. Hinman. 

[Owing to numerous requests for information as to Masonic atrocities, we reprint li 
the following article written in 1886 by the Rev. H. H. Hinman, of Washington, D. C.l 
For many years this article could be had in pamphlet form but it is now out of print. Wei 
would therefore suggest that copies of the Cynosure in which this article appears be pre- 1 
served. — Editor.! 



MASONIC INTERFERENCE WITH THE PUN- 
ISHMENT OF CRIMINALS 

Before concluding this statement of 
outrages, it is proper to note a few of 
the many instances in which "judgment 
is turned away backward, and justice 
standeth afar off;" "yea, truth is fallen 
in the street and equity cannot enter." 
Is. 59: 14-15. 

Passing over the Morgan case, and the 
numerous crimes growing out of it, in 
nearly all of which Masonry proved too 
strong for the law to grapple with, we 
notice first the case of Samuel L. Keith, 
of Belvidere, 111., who was a member of 
Belvidere Lodge No. 60, of that place. 
Ellen Slade was an orphan girl of eigh- 
teen, who lived in the family of Keith, 
and was the victim of a series of crimes, 
resulting in her death. A coroner's jury 
decided, beyond all controversy, that 
Keith was guilty of her murder. A war- 
rant was issued and put into the hands 
of the sheriff of the country, who was a 
member of the same lodge with the mur- 
derer. Though Keith was in the village, 
no effort was made to serve the writ for 
forty-eight hours ; and then report was 
made that the murderer could not be 
found. Judge Whitney, of the county 
court, who was Master of the lodge, 
called a public meeting and denounced 
the conduct of the sheriff. For this an 
attempt was made to assassinate the 
judge, and he was complained of and 
tried for un-Masonic conduct before the 
Grand Lodge of Illinois. Keith was 
found, lodged in jail, but released on bail. 
When the grand jury met, it was com- 
posed mainly of Masons, with a few Odd- 
fellows. The evidence that seemed so 
conclusive to the coroner's jury, had no 
weight with them ; and, as no bill was 
found, Keith was discharged. There 
was, perhaps, never a more clearly au- 



thenticated case of seduction and mur 
der, or a more palpable violation of law 
and justice. It is but just to say that 
Judge Daniel Whitney renounced Free- 
masonry, and published the proceedings 
to the world. 

Wm. M. Tweed, of New York, has 
justly been styled "The Prince of 
Thieves." Together with his associates, 
he stole some thirty to forty millions of 
dollars from the city treasury, and when 
the fact were well known, he impudently 
enquired. "What are you going to do 
about it?" Not until there was a great) 
popular uprising, and an impeachment of 
one of the judges, could he be brought to 
trial. At last he was tried, convicted and 
sent to the penitentiary for twelve years, 
but he never was subjected to prison dis- 
cipline, and stayed less than a year and a 
half. He was taken out on a writ of 
error, re-arrested on another charge, and 
allowed to escape from the sheriff. He 
fled to Spain, where after some time he 
was arrested by the Spanish authorities 
and returned to this country, but had no 
further punishment, nor were his ill- 
gotten millions recovered. Mr. Tweed 
was a prominent Mason of that Masonic i 
city. 

Hon. W. P. Kellogg, U. S. Senator 
from Louisiana, and afterward member 
of the House of Representatives, was and 
is a prominent Mason. He was indicted 
by the Grand Jury of the District of Co- 
lumbia for receiving the payment of 
$20,000 for securing a star-route mail 
contract. The penalty, by law of Con- 
gress, is a fine of ten thousand dollars and 
imprisonment for two years. The writer 
heard the trial. The man who offered 
the bribe swore to the fact that the offer 
was made and accepted and the money 
paid. Receipts were put in evidence, 
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money was so paid. The judge, in his 
charge to the jury, said there could be 
no question as to the facts being as 
charged; but he also instructed them to 
bring in a verdict of acquittal, because 
the case had lapsed under the statute of 
limitations. The grand jury had several 
times attempted to take up the case, but 
the district attorney had staved off all 
action until it was a fczv days too late to 
come within the limits of the law. There 
was, undoubtedly, a preconcerted plan to 
defeat the ends of justice, and the officers 
of the law were parties to the transaction. 

We notice next the case of Dr. N. C. 
Hall, of Davisburg, Mich. The following 
report was prepared by the writer, after 
a full and careful investigation of the 
facts from official sources. 

Dr. Hall was a physician of Davisburg, 
his wife was an amiable Christian lady, 
who suddenly sickened and died with 
marked symptoms of arsenical poison. 
Dr. Hall had improper relations with a 
widow womarf in that place. The sus- 
picions of the people were strongly ex- 
cited by various circumstances, and a 
scientific investigation was demanded. 

Finding that this demand could not be 
resisted, Dr. Hall secured the aid of Ma- 
sonic physicians and unlawfully disin- 
terred the body of his wife, took out the 
stomach and liver and took them to De- 
troit, where he purchased another human 
stomach and liver. One of these was 
submitted to chemical analysis and found 
to contain no arsenic ; the other has never 
been accounted for. 

I Dr. Hall was tried for murder, but the 

jury failed to agree. Other suspicious 

circumstances appeared, and a further 

examination of the body was demanded. 

Dr. Hall hired two men to steal the body 

of his wife from her grave, put it in a 

salt barrel, and hide it under a straw-, 

I stack. The body was found and one of 

the men confessed his part in the matter. 

| After the body was known to have been 

(taken from the grave, and previous to its 

being found, Dr. Hall offered a reward 

I of fifty dollars for its recovery. 

On chemical analysis being made the 
body was found to be full of arsenic, so 
much so as to have been most remark- 
ably preserved. Dr. Hall demanded his 
wife's body, but was not allowed to get 



possession of it, and it was reburied. 

After a long and patient trial the case 
was submitted to the jury, who speedily 
returned a verdict of guilty. This was 
November, 1881, and after being sent to 
the penitentiary he was allowed a new 
trial, and lately his bail has been reduced 
from $20,000 to $3,000! No one can 
give any good reason for this action ; nor 
does there seem to be any reasonable ex- 
planation, except that Dr. Hall is a Ma- 
son, and so are all of the principal actors 
in the horrid tragedy. 

It should be added that Dr. Hall went 
West on bail. After some months he 
returned, but on various pretexts escaped 
all further punishment. 

Capt. Howgate, of the U. S. Signal 
service, was a prominent Mason in 
Washington, D. C. ; he is a defaulter in 
the sum of $150,000 to $200,000. It is 
well known that he has been in the vicin- 
ity of Washington for several years, and 
has been communicated with, and yet he 
has not been arrested ; all parties agree- 
ing to let him escape. Surely Masonry 
is a grand protection for public de- 
faulters. 

Hessing and Rhiem were prominent 
Freemasons, liquor dealers and politicians 
of Chicago ; they were indicted and con- 
victed of immense frauds on the U. S. 
Revenues. They were sentenced to six 
month's imprisonment in the county jail, 
and a fine of five thousand dollars each. 
They suffered three month's imprison- 
ment and then had a full pardon remit- 
ting their fines. 

Daniel Sickles was a member of Con- 
gress from New York, he had just occa- 
sion for a legal prosecution against Mc- 
Cay ; he had no occasion for shooting him, 
and yet he knocked down a man who was 
fleeing from him ; shot five bullets into 
his prostrate body and left him dead. He 
was arrested but escaped punishment. He 
was made a Major General in the U. S. 
Army, U. S. Minister to Spain and has 
since filled lucrative offices. He is a 
prominent member of the Grand Army of 
the Republic. It is believed that about 
thirty-three degrees of Masonry stood 
between him and punishment. 

We may not certainly know that it was 
Masonry that cleared all these persons, 
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their acquittal their "brethern" had only 
to keep the oaths that they had sworn in 
the lodge. 

There are multitudes of other cases 
where it is beyond question that Free- 
masonry inspired outrages, was used to 
secure nominations, political appoint- 
ments, determine elections and pervert 
justice in the courts. We have not 
thought it wise to mention more than a 
few, and none that either were or might 
not be proved by the sworn testimony of 
competent witnesses. The object has not 
been to create prejudice against individual 
Masons, but rather a just abhorrence of 
the system. It must be remembered that 
it is the system, rather than the men 
which is to be held responsible for the 
crimes of Freemasonry and the other 
secret organizations that have grown out 
of it. All men are not as bad as their 
institutions and covenants. Some slave- 
holders were amiable and excellent men, 
and used their power to protect rather 
than to oppress the slave; but the system 
was one of terrible wickedness, and pro- 
ductive of the most horrible crimes, cul- 
minating in the slaughter of half a mil- 
lion of our citizens. So, too, there are 
many amiable and excellent men who are 
Masons, but they are such in spite of the 
institution with which they are connected. 
The order is responsible for the long 
series of crimes growing out of this and 
kindred systems. Like the slave system, 
it is at war with every principle of civil 
equality and Christian civilization; and 
we must destroy it, or it will destroy us. 



THE DOCTRINE OF NON-SWEARING. 

James, writing to those that held "the 
faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord 
of glory" (2:1), — writing to those whom 
he exhorted to "Be patient until the com- 
ing of the Lord" (5:7), said: "Above all 
things, my brethren, swear not, neither 
by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by 
any other oath: but let your yea be yea, 
and your nay, nay : that ye fall not under 
judgment" (5:12). Weigh the force of 
those words, — "ABOVE ALL 
THINGS !" That is a gospel trumpet 
with no uncertain sound. Likewise, hear 
the Master: "Ye have heard that it wa c 
said to them of old time, Thou shalt not 
forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto 



the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you ? 
Swear not at all; neither by the heaven 
for it is the throne of God; nor by the< 
earth, for it is the foot-stool of His feet ; 
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the 
great King. Neither shalt thou swear by 
thy head, for thou canst not make ond 
hair white or black. But let your speech 
be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever 
is more than these is of the evil one" 
(Matt. 5:33-37). In the first place, the; 
taking of an oath, or any other obligation, 
that goes beyond the "Yea, yea; Nay, 
nay," binding under some terrible penalty, 
is wrong because it is plain disobedience 
to the commandments of Jesus. "Why 
call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). "And 
hereby we know that we know Him, ifi 
we keep His commandments. He that 
saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His 
commandments, is a liar, and the truth 
is not in him; but whoso keepeth His 
word, in him verily hath the love of God 
been perfected" (I John 2:3-5). 

Again, even as intended, the oath is the 
strength of secret darkness. Often has 
the tongue of a professed Christian been 
silenced and chained in the presence of a 
great evil by an oath previously taken. In 
forswearing yourself, binding yourself 
under unholy penalties "ever to conceal 
and never to reveal," you are simply de- 
stroying your absolute liberty for right 
action under the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit at all times in your days to come. 
God keep us from that ! Once again, the 
oath that is more than "Yea, yea; Nay, 
nay," always puts the child of God in a 
false light before the world. When he 
takes his oath he always says in effect, 
"The fact that I am a child of God is not 
a sufficient guarantee of my word of 
honor." As a matter of fact, if your 
"Yea, yea," or your "Nay, nay," is not 
guaranteed "true blue" by the fact that 
you are a child of God, the binding of 
your very soul under all the horrible 
penalties of Masonic or other oaths, will 
not guarantee your word, unless you are 
a miserable coward, fearing that if you 
break your oaths, the penalties may be 
carried out. 
18). — Louis Bauman. 



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WORSHIP. 

Worship from the old Saxon worth- 
ship is acknowledging worth ; and in re- 
igion, supreme worth. But how is the 
|;upreme worth of God acknowledged by 
;he incantations of a conjuror, the mum- 
neries of priestism, or the idolatries of 
:he lodge? 

But, one says, the performances of the 
odge are mixed. There is much Scrip- 
hire and many good sentiments in them. 
May not a Christian practice the good 
md neglect the rest? 

No. In the lodge the true God is put 
m a level with fictitious deities, and his 
word with fictitious revelations. And 
vhen truth is fused and mixed with f alse- 
lood the whole compound is falsehood. 
The Christian who goes into the lodge, 
bractices this compound, Freemasonry 
ind the whole of it. There is no true 
God on a level with idols, nor inspired 
Ijcriptures on a level with false. And the 
ittempt to worship the true God in a 
odge which excludes Christ, and puts 
he Bible on a level with false revelations, 
Ltnid coarse jokes and stupid ceremonies 
.nd mock solemn prayers, is not wor- 
hip, but insult. 

For if there is one clear, unequivocal, 
xplicit command in the Word of God : it 
s that of the apostle to withdraw fellow- 
hip from heathen worships and worship- 
rs. 

"Be ye not unequally yoked together 
vith unbelievers." " "What concord hath 
Christ with Belial?" "What agreement 
ath the temple of God with idols?" 
Wherefore come ye out from among 
hem." "And have no fellowship with 
he unfruitful works of darkness." "For 
j: is a shame even to speak of those things 
/hich are done of them in secret." 

Will the missionaries receive Chinese 
lonverts who still cling to their vain cere- 
monies, and allow the promiscuous wor- 
hip of Buddha along with Christ? To^ 
tiow one hour before nothing and the next 
efore the God that made the heavens? 
: But this is not all. No truth stands 
bore clear throughout the Bible than that 
iientile or Christless sacrifice is paid to 
Lemons ; that the shrines of idolatry are 
nhabited ; that false worships have su- 
pernatural or spirit power ; that they are 
|be dram-shops of the soul, where spirits 



of the wicked dead awaiting the day of 
judgment, or evil angels fallen, or both, 
do haunt and hover, as untaken murder- 
ers, thieves and rogues of every hue and 
stripe haunt literal grog-shops. 

And, if this Scripture teaching be true, 
how unmitigatedly, how unutterably hor- 
rible to the eyes of God is an idol temple 
or a Masonic lodge ! Nothing imaginary 
or real in the whole universe of God can 
equal in simple horribleness, men, im- 
mortal men, worshipping devils! — that 
fiend who tempted Christ ; the legion who 
haunted the Gadarene and made him "ex- 
ceeding fierce" ; the creature that tore the 
lunatic son; the seven that possessed the 
Magdalene ; the one who "grievously 
vexed" the girl of Canaan. Why, we 
have but to group in one terrific family 
the "unclean spirits" appearing and act- 
ing in the simple Scripture narrative, to 
see them manipulating with invisible fin- 
gers, influencing, swaying, mesmerizing 
a company of blinded and befooled wor- 
shippers in a pagoda, or lodge ; and we 
shall cease to wonder that an active Free- 
mason sees nothing in his order "contrary 
to Christianity." "The god of this world 
has blinded his mind," and his very power 
of veneration is gradually turning to 
stone. He is enchanted by the sorceries 
of the lodge. 

But time and your patience would fail 
to enumerate even the proofs that these 
orders belong to the family of false re- 
ligions ; that they are substitutes for the 
atonement, and rivals of the religion of 
Christ. They blot out the Christian era 
by substituting another date for "the year 
of our Lord." They omit Christ from 
the creed at the door of the lodge, which 
is an omission of Christianity from all be- 
yond. They construct society in layers of 
lower and upper degrees, like paganism, 
popery, priest-craft and king-craft, and 
not in an equal brotherhood like our 
American republic and a New Testament 
church. They claim to teach the whole 
duty of man without the Bible ; to regen- 
erate man without the Holy Spirit, and 
send him to heaven without the blood of 
Christ. Each and all of these impious 
pretensions are no part of their secrets 
but printed in their books and published 
to the world. — Ex-Prcsidcnt J. Blanchard 
in Anti-Masonic Scrap-book. 



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CAN A CHRISTIAN CONSISTENTLY 
SAY, "SO MOTE IT BE!"? 

Rich. Kretzchmar. 
Oh, bid now every prejudice be gone, 
Before your God weigh duly pro and con, 
Then take your stand and say, "Thy will 
be done!" 

Our neighbor was a Jew and no Chris- 
tian. He also was a Freemason. And 
you know that many Jews and other peo- 
ple who are opposed to the Christian 
religion are considered members in good 
standing by the Masonic Order. 

As a Jew our neighbor, with whom, 
by the way, we always had very pleasant 
neighborly relations, tried to work his 
way to heaven according to his Jewish 
religion, as a Freemason, however, ac- 
cording to his Masonic religion. And 
both as a Jew and as a Mason he ex- 
pected to be saved on the merits of his 
character, his conduct, his works. 

One night we heard terrible groans 
emanating from the neighbor's house. 
The poor man was in the pains and agony 
of death. The next day we were in- 
formed that he was dead. 

As a Jew he was buried according to 
the rites of his Jewish religion. Rabbi 
H. conducted the funeral service, spoke 
a prayer, and tried to show that the de- 
ceased had passed into a better and hap- 
pier life on the merits of his character, 
his conduct, his works ; for he had been 
a good Jew. 

As a Mason he was buried according 
to the rites of his Masonic religion. The 
chaplain of the lodge conducted the serv- 
ice, spoke a prayer, read the ritual, and 
tried to show that the deceased had en- 
tered a better and happier life on the 
merits of his character, his conduct, his 
works, that he had been admitted to the 
"Grand Lodge Above," where all fellow- 
Masons hope some day to be reunited 
with him ; for he had been a good 
Mason. 

Fellow- Jews listened to the words of 
the Rabbi with silent consent. 

Fellow-Masons, some Jews, some 
Christians, listened to the words of the 
lodge chaplain, not with silent consent, 
but with a consent given vent to in words, 
saying time and again, "So mote it be! 
So mote it be!" 

Let us now consider for a moment the 
discordant situation of the Masonic 
Christian. 



As a Mason he stands at the grave of 
a Jewish or any other fellow-Mason who 
never believed in the Christian religion. j 
He hears the chaplain of the order sayi 
the prayers and read the ritual adopted 
by all Masons. The deceased is said to I 
have entered a better, a happier life on 
the merits of his character, his conduct, 
his works ; because of his having been a 
good Mason, he was admitted to the: 
"Grand Lodge Above," where all Masons i 
hope to be reunited with him some day. 
And he, the Masonic Christian, will say,. 
"So mote it be !" For that is his Masonic 
belief, the Masonic way of salvation. 

As a Christian, however, he is bound 
to accept the infallible words of the Bible 
and of the Savior: "No man cometh unto; 
the Father but by Me." John 14, 6. "He 
that believeth not the Son shall not see 
life, but the wrath of God abideth on 
him." John 3, 36. "Neither is there sal-: 
vation in any other ; for there is none 
other name under heaven given among: 
men whereby we must be saved." Acts 
4, 12. "All have sinned, . . . being jus- 
tified freely by His grace through the re- 
demption that is in Christ Jesus." Rom. 
3, 23-24. "Through faith, and that not 
of yourselves, . . . not of works, lest 
any man should boast." Eph. 2, 9. That 
is every true Christian's belief, the only] 
Christian — the Biblical way of salvation. 

How in the world can these two beliefs, 
the Masonic belief and the Christian be- 
lief, be harmonized? How can both be 
found in the same heart? They are as 
irreconcilable as darkness and light, as 
death and life. To be a conscious, con- 
scientious, and consistent Christian 
makes it absolutely impossible to be at 
the same time an intelligent, loyal, and[ 
consistent Freemason. // you zvant to i 
consistent, you must choose one or the 
other, Christ or the Lodge. 

Suppose you would attempt the impos- 
sible and, as a Freemason, still want to 
cling to Christianity, to salvation through 
Christ, then there is no getting away for 
you from the clear and definite injunc- 
tion: "Be not unequally yoked together 
with unbelievers; . . . for what com- 
munion hath light with darkness? . . . 
What part hath he that believeth with an 
infidel? . . . Wherefore come out from 
among them and be ye separate, saith the 



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Lord." 2 Cor. 6, 14-17. 

If, as a Christian, for some supposed 
gain and advantage, you still want to 
hold to the lodge, the Masonic belief of 
a salvation without Christ, how can you 
expect to escape your verdict, Matt. 12, 
30: "He that is not for Me is against 
Me" ? "What is a man profited if he shall 
gain the whole world and lose his own 
soul? Or what shall a man give in ex- 
change for his soul?" Matt. 16, 26. 

Moreover, we might also inquire, How 
can a Christian consistently say, "So mote 
it be !" when he realizes that the Masonic 
worship is directed to an imaginary, fic- 
titious deity, which is made to be accept- 
able to Jewish and other non-Christian 
lodge-members, who would never think 
of praying in the name of Jesus, of ac- 
cepting and worshiping the Son of God, 
or the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
or the Spirit proceeding from the Father 
and the Son, while every Christian knows 
that this is the one true God, who re- 
vealed Himself in the Bible, and who 
earnestly enjoins us : "Thou shalt have 
no other gods before Me. My glory will 
I not give to another. Whosoever de- 
nieth the Son, the same hath not the 
Father?" Ex. 20, 3; Is. 42, 8; 1 John 
2, 23. Christians always want to pray 
only to this true God, and they desire to 
do so in the name of Jesus, as He told 
them to do, John 16, 23; for they always 
remember that they and their prayers are 
acceptable to their Father in heaven not 
because of any merits of their own, but 
solely through the merits of Jesus Christ, 
their Savior. 

Oh, let us entreat all sinners, whether 
they are members of the lodge or not, 
Come, worship the living and loving God 
of the Bible ! Listen to the Gospel of 
your salvation : Christ died for all ; He 
is the only and all-sufficient Savior. 2 
Cor. 5, 15. His blood cleanseth us from 
all sin. 1 John 1, 7. Neither is there 
salvation in any other. Acts 4, 12. 
Therefore repent and believe in Jesus 
Christ, and you will be saved. Acts 
16,31. 

-May no Christian, therefore, take the 
conflicting and contradicting stand with 
those who are denying Christ by teaching 
a Masonic god and Masonic way of sal- 



vation on the merits of character, con- 
duct, and works ! 

Hence we must conclude that for a 
Christian to say with the lodge, "So mote 
it be! So mote it be!" is not only a dis- 
astrous inconsistency, but above all is 
decidedly a denial of his faith and his 
Savior. — The Lutheran Witness. 



MODELS OF OLD JERUSALEM 
STRUCTURES AMONG EXHIBITS. 

Models of each of the seven temples 
that stood in Jerusalem beginning with 
the Tabernacle have just been brought to 
America through an arrangement with 
the American colony of Jerusalem, and 
will be exhibited next week at the 
Masonic Fashion and Home Exhibition, 
with lectures. One of these is King Solo- 
mon's Temple, in which Solomon received 
the Queen of Sheba, and in whose con- 
struction Freemasonry had its origin. 

The models were made by the late Dr. 
Baurat Schick, an authority on architec- 
tural art, who was city architect of Jerusa- 
lem for thirty years. In preparation for 
his work he conducted excavations in and 
around the temple area and made a study 
of the Hebrew language. The models are 
of decorated and inlaid woods and are 
considered to be the best that have ever 
been made. They were brought to this 
city by Dr. Francesco Sauchello and were 
shown privately at 71 West Twenty-third 
street. — Newark Evening News, N. J. 



"Prof. Newman, in a lecture before 
National Geographic Society, says : 'One 
Hundred thousand marriage licenses for 
American soldiers were issued in France,' 
which means, if executed, 100,000 Amer- 
icans contracting to bring up their chil- 
dren in Romish sorcery." (Proceedings 
Grand Lodge District of Columbia, 1919 
page 502.) 

Mr. David Harlowe, Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, 1919 
refused to sanction the petition for the 
degrees of Masonry "of a preacher who 
could not bend the right knee." (Pro- 
ceedings Grand Lodge District of Col- 
umbia, 1919, page 506.) 

This is a case where an apparent mis- 
fortune proved a real blessing. 



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Mtm from OTorfeer* 



THE FIRST THREE WEEKS. 

[The following is our first letter from a 
new Field Lecturer, Rev. Benjamin Mickle 
Brown, who has been with us less than a 
month and yet in that time has given twelve 
addresses and visited many ministers, dis- 
tributed literature and taken twelve Cyno- 
sure subscriptions. It is a good record. The 
only question about his continuing is our 
ability to support him and his good wife 
and seven godly children. Wm. I. Phillips, 
Gen. Sec'y-1 

In a village Y. M.'C. A. building near 
Chicago, after an unsuccessful effort to 
persuade a ministerial association to per- 
mit an antisecrecy lecture to be given in 
either of the churches represented, I felt 
rather depressed and lonely. None of 
the pastors were lodge men but so strong 
was the hold of lodges in the churches 
that none felt it would be wise to handle 
the subject publicly themselves or allow 
another to do it. 

It is truly wonderful how completely 
the lodge has muzzled the church in this 
matter. 

The Y. M. C. A. secretary had acted 
as recording secretary of the Ministerial 
Association and in his office later, being 
a Mason he felt called on to rebuke me 
for opposing his lo4ge, expressing doubt 
as to the truth of our contention that 
Masonry teaches a false religion. 
Winning a Man to Christ. 

In the midst of our conversation a 
traveling salesman came up to sell candy 
to the secretary and he added his pro- 
tests, for he also was a Mason. I care- 
fully explained our position, and soon 
learned that he was not a church member 
and claimed not to be a Christian, but 
seemed open minded and really eager for 
the Truth. 

This wonderfully revived my spirit. J 
laid aside all antisecrecy literature, took 
him one side and joyfully preached to him 
the glorious Gospel of salvation by Jesus 
Christ. God blessed the message, the 
young man pledged his life to Christ and 
we had prayer together. He took away 
to read a Gospel and some tracts. 

On the following Monday I visited him 
at his home and showed him from 
"Mackey's Masonic Ritualist" the re- 
ligious principles of the Order, after 



which he knelt and prayed in the pres- 
ence of his Christian wife — evidently for 
the first time. He subscribed and paid 
for the Cynosure and promised to go to 
work for Jesus. 

When I returned to the Y. M. C. A. 
and told the secretary he was glad, and 
seemed to be far more open minded to 
the antisecrecy truths when he saw how 
God had honored them in opening the 
way to the saving of his Masonic brother. 

Without at all weakening in our testi- 
mony against the evils of the lodge I be- 
lieve we can accomplish much more by 
being ever on the alert with the positive 
message of real salvation for the unsaved 
man we meet, who would be little helped 
if we merely persuaded him to leave the 
lodge and gave him nothing better. 

The National Christian Association is 
positively Christian and hence warns men 
to beware of the pagan lodge system and 
emphasizes the fact that there is salva- 
tion only in One, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Herein lies our power. Let us emphasize 
it in our efforts among our friends both 
saved and unsaved. All the wealth of 
earth and heaven lies in Christ Jesus and 
this it is our privilege to freely offer to 
all we meet. Having Christ in His full- 
ness no man or woman longer wants the 
lodge, or any other worldly alliance for 
protection or fellowship. 

B. M. Brown. 



A subscriber to our magazine writes 
from Greencastle, Pennsylvania, under 
date of October 27th: "I think the 
Christian Cynosure is fine. It just fur- 
nishes the material I need." 



A Ouincy, Illinois, subscriber writes : 
"The magazine is fine and am well pleased 
with the same." 



A Lutheran minister in Iowa wrote re- 
cently: "Things are a bit tight but we 
simply cannot drop the Cynosure on ac- 
count of financial pinchings. The good 
work must go on. Masons are to lay the 
cornerstone of the Linn County Court 
House on November 12th. On the stone 
is engraved 'Laid by the Grand Lodge 
of Iowa, A. F. & A. M.' Think of such 
a statement on a public building's corner- 
stone!" 



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A REPORT AND A TESTIMONY RE- 
LATING TO ONE OF OUR 
CHURCHES. 

You know, my dear Editor, that my 
ministerial duties do but seldom allow me 
time for the work you have entrusted to 
me, namely, to give lectures for our Na- 
tional Christian Association. 

When I can, though, I am eager to 
speak on the lodge evil. I am thoroughly 
convinced, that the lodge, and all it stands 
for, is one of the very great evils of mod- 
ern times. 

The church is but groaning under the 
pressure of lodge-activity and lodge-de- 
mands. The real Christians are, in all 
our great American churches, raising 
hands and hearts to Almighty God for 
protection against the lodge-spirit. 

We left home, on the ninth of Octo- 
ber, to be with the delegates of "Classis 
Orange City" in their semi-annual meet- 
ing, held at Edgerton, Minn., for three 
days. This "Classis" includes delegates 
from Northwestern Iowa, Minnesota, 
South and North Dakota. 

I was glad to perceive that many dele- 
gates, when shaking hands with them, 
considered our presence as meaning an 
address on the lodge. 

To the honor of these grave brethren, 
I can state that, without one dissenting 
voice, we were voted to give an address. 
Again full twenty minutes were allowed 
for my lecture, on the second day of the 
Classis. 

We dwelt on the theme, "The Bible in 
the Lodge'' and, in connection with that, 
were able to testify against the false re- 
port which is given out again and again, 
that the Christian Reformed Church- 
so dear to our heart — also has, and pro- 
tects, members of the lodge. The writer 
could testify that he had made special 
investigations last year in some of our 
large congregations out East. The ac- 
cusation is often heard, that we would 
find these lodge members in Chicago, 
Grand Rapids, and other cities of Michi- 
gan. My investigations proved that this 
accusation is a falsehood. 

Of course, it can't be denied that a 
Mason, Odd Fellow, Woodman, etc., now 
and then suddenly comes to light in our 
big city congregations. Generally some 
young man who has secretly been allured 
into the lodge. 



But after the regular procedure of ad- 
monitions, the man is disciplined and ex- 
pelled from the Christian Reformed 
Church, unless he revokes his allegiance 
to the Secret Empire. He must tell his 
lodge also that he has forever severed 
his connection with this pernicious sys- 
tem. 

But from where the accusation? 

Well, our friends, who think they 
should protect the lodge and feel offended 
by our exclusive position, would fain be- 
lieve that we are no better in this re- 
spect than they are. They see how per- 
sons who used to be Masons or members 
of other lodges are now attending Divine 
services at or hold membership in our 
churches. And, as they possibly do not 
know that these men have dropped their 
lodge connections, they simply conclude 
— as they would rather do — that we also 
allow secret society-members to remain 
on our church rolls. 

The common people are often not little 
depressed, when these accusations are 
made, and some of the delegates of 
"Classis Orange City" were greatly re- 
lieved by our public explanation. 

I must add that quite frequently in 
some of our larger A.merican speaking 
churches we have some in regular attend- 
ance who are lodge members. We are 
glad to see them in our churches. Are 
we not rejoicing when we see sinners and 
unconverted or erring converted people 
attend our services? But when these 
lodge members attend our services, this 
fact does not make them members of our 
church, does it? 

Or another possibility exists, viz., that 
a man has severed his lodge connections 
and has joined our church membership, 
but his former "Lodge Brethren" do'not 
know, or do not pretend to know, that 
former "Brother" is no longer a Mason, 
Knight of Pythias, Woodman or Odd 
Fellow. And then the charge is made, 
from the side of the lodge, that we also 
harbor a man or woman, who being a 
member of the lodge, is at the same time 
a member in full communion of our 
Christian Reformed Church. 

My brethren, of our churches, from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific, please take 
notice of these facts. So that you may 
be able to contradict these false accusa- 



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tions and at the same time explain to peo- 
ple who are misinformed how these things 
come to pass. 

These opportunities to address our 
Classes are of no small account, since in 
this way our delegates carry back home 
the knowledge of the lurking danger in 
our all-comprehensive lodge system and 
of the obligations we have to the "Na- 
tional Christian Association" for her ef- 
fective work, for more than half a cen- 
tury in exposing the wickedness of the 
lodge idea and the strength of its grip 
on Church and State. 

Our "people are always ready to listen 
to an address, if time can be found, on 
the lodge danger. 

Fraternally yours, 

J. B. VandenHoek. 

Hills, Minn. 



Oath of Office. 

Before administering the oath of office 
to the newly elected officers the Grand 
Exalted Ruler says : "My brothers, before 
investing you w,ith the insignia of office 
you will be required to take upon your- 
selves a solemn obligation to properly per- 
form the duties of the same. Are you 
willing to take such an oath?" All — 
"We are." Grand Exalted Ruler con- 
tinues : "Then take your positions at the 
altar, with your left hand over your heart 
and your right hand upon the Bible. You 
will pronounce your names in full and 
repeat after me : 

"I, , in the presence 

of a Supreme Being and this Lodge of 
Elks, do solemnly promise and swear to 
conform with and maintain the Constitu- 
tion, Statutes, Rules, Regulations and 
objects of the Grand Lodge of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks, and 

those of Lodge, No , of 

the same. 

"I also promise and swear to practice 
the virtues of Charity, Justice and Broth- 
erly Love, and with Fidelity perform the 
duties of (naming positions) to the best 
of my ability, and as far as lies in my 
power ; and may a Supreme Power help 
me and keep me steadfast as an officer of 
this ( )rder. Amen." 



EASTERN SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

Wheaton, Illinois, Nov. 14, 1923. 

It seemed best that I divide my time 
this month with the work out here in- 
stead of devoting it entirely to the Penn- 
sylvania field as in former years. My 
trip West has been extended as far as 
Freeport, Illinois. 

Weather conditions favored and meet- 
ings were largely attended. A special 
address was delivered in the large coun- 
try Mennonite Church and a part was 
given me in the Lancaster township Sun- 
day School Convention held in the United 
Brethren Church nearby. Stops were 
made en route at Belvidere and Rockford, 
Illinois, where friends new and old were 
found. An opportunity at a meeting in 
the large Trinity Lutheran Church, Rock- 
ford, was given for our testimony in con- 
nection with a Bible study. It was nat- 
urally a delight to meet with our prairie 
friends again. My first recollections are 
coupled with our home at Byron, Illinois, 
where my father served as pastor for 
many years. I noticed the squirrels were 
to be found in the woods just as they 
were when father and I went hunting 
over fifty years ago. 

There are many changes, of course. 
Saddest of all, the lodges have come in 
like a flood in cities and towns, but a 
goodly number seek to maintain the truth 
as it is in Christ. 

I find Wheaton College crowded with 
an active student body. Buildings for en- 
largement are much needed. Your repre- 
sentative was privileged to attend and 
participate in a surprise given to its hon- 
ored president on his seventy-fifth birth- 
day. God grant that President Blanchard 
may be spared for years in the work to 
which he has given his life, and where 
he seems so much needed. My work in 
the East last month included visits to 
Worcester, Mass., and New Haven, 
Conn. Plans were made for lectures in 
these cities at a later date. I very much 
missed my good friend and helper at 
Worcester, Avery A. White. His call to 
his eternal reward came very suddenly. 

For some days I worked in and near 
Pater son, N. Y., where I always find a 
large number of friends. The death of 
our good friend Mr. W. Wieda, a pillar 
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to many whom he had helped in other 
years. A convention was in progress in 
the Star of Hope Mission, which was 
largely attended. The special theme un- 
der consideration I was told, was con- 
nected with the evidences of the soon re- 
turn of our Lord. There were many able 
addresses in both the Holland and Eng- 
lish languages. A home welcome was 
given me by the brother in charge of the 
Hebrew Mission. I was then given an 
opportunity to address a company of chil- 
dren and others gathered for Christian 
instruction. 

The fervor manifest in the singing of 
the Gospel Songs was cheering to be- 
hold. While our good friend Rev. K. 
Poppen was not found at the Madison 
Avenue Christian Reformed Church as 
in former years, the people were there 
in goodly numbers and manifested their 
pleasure in the brief message which I 
brought. Their unasked for contribu- 
tion in our aid was appreciated. There 
had been a drought that stopped some 
of the mills, putting a number out of em- 
ployment for a time. A splendid rain 
came on the twenty-second continuing 
through the twenty-third. This rain, 
while most welcome, prevented some 
from attendance at our lecture given in 
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, West New 
York, N. J. There was quite a discus- 
sion by those present regarding lodge 
matters and things, showing a live in- 
terest. The audience was composed 
mostly of men, but a few women braved 
the storm. 

During the Sabbath at home I went to 
a nearby church of the Brethren at Oak- 
ton, Va., and as at many times hereto- 
fore, brought the message to a sympa- 
thetic audience. En route West I stopped 
at Scottdale, Pittsburgh, and adjacent 
towns. The friends at the Mennonite 
publication house at Scottdale were found 
actively pushing their work, and mani- 
fested the usual interest in ours. There 
were calls for help at Pittsburgh to which 
I expect God willing to respond. The 
need for the presentation of Gospel truth 
along N. C. A. lines was never greater 
than today. It is a privilege to record 
the goodness of God in keeping and help- 
ing thus far. To Him be all the glory 
now and forever. 

W. B. Stoddard. 



SOUTHERN AGENT'S REPORT. 

New Orleans, La., Nov. 6, 1923. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I thank God that I am able to let the 
Cynosure family again hear from me 
praise His holy name. I have not been 
in very good health this year. Myself, 
my wife and three children have all been 
sick, but thank God all are up and about 
again in His name. I am still suffering 
very severely at times with rheumatism. 

I have not been able to do much work 
this year. I have attended three associa- 
tions, five minister's meetings, held two 
revivals and Bible Institutes seven days 
each, served a few Cynosure readers, 
made a number of house to house calls, 
read the Bible and held prayers. 

I can feel my strength failing and am 
awaiting the summons from on high to 
come up from labor to reward. I have 
been forty-one years laboring for the 
Master in temperance, anti-secrecy, and 
otherwise and I feel now the end is ap- 
proaching. Many bitter experiences has 
clouded my pathway. Oppositions of the 
sternest character have confronted me 
and especially from the secret lodge ele- 
ment, but thank God through Jesus 
Christ, He has always given a ray of 
light and strength to help me stand the 
firey darts of the wicked. This year has 
been one of the most bitter and trying 
of all my life, but thank God I am an- 
chored in the rock of His work, which 
is fully able to save all who will do His 
bidding. I ask the earnest prayers of 
God's faithful. May God bless the 
Cynosure to do battle for the right. I 
am yours in Gospel tribulations. 

Francis J. Davidson. 



A Roman Catholic political party is 
being formed in Egypt, according to The 
Josephinum Weekly, published in Colum- 
bus, O. The statement from the hier- 
archy explains that the new party in 
Egypt is to be administered for conveni- 
ence from two cities. Cairo will control 
upper Egypt, while Alexandria will di- 
rect activities in lower Egypt. 



God's way of forgiving is thorough 
and hearty — both to fargive and to for- 
get; and if thine be not so, thou hast no 
portion of His. — Leighton. 



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"LIZZIE WOODS' LETTER." 

Omaha, Nebr., Nov. 1, 1923. 
Dear Cynosure: 

This writing leaves me much better 
in health. I think I will be able to go 
out again before long to help the N. C. A. 
to battle with the Devil. I see the need 
of the N. C. A. wave more than ever 
since the secret wave of the Devil is 
carrying men down to hell, and the Devil 
has got them thinking they are doing 
God's will to kill men and take the law 
in their own hands. The K. K. say 
they are protecting the Protestant Church, 
and the K. C. says they are protecting 
the Catholic Church. Did you ever hear 
of such a thing as that in all your life? 
Did Jesus Christ ever send any body of 
people out to kill, beat up, and flog men 
to righteousness? The K. K. say the 
Catholics burned people and killed them 
in so many ways. Now two wrongs don't 
make one right, if it is wrong for the 
Catholic to kill, it is wrong for the Klan 
to kill. 

On my trip to the East, I stopped 
twelve days at Pittsburgh. I left Pitts- 
burgh for Trenton, N. J., stopped there 
eight nights. Here is the next place I 
had to withstand the Devil. I told of 
the sin of the secret societies. Some got 
angry at the word. They rose up there 
last year and told Elder Fredrick when 
he began to show them the sin of the 
lodge that if he did not get out of Tren- 
ton, they would put his light out. They 
said, "You are here talking about our 
lodges and we will not stand for it." 
Well, I thought to myself, if you cannot 
stand it you will have to sit down to it, 
for I am going to give what, "Thus say- 
eth the Lord." They said the K. K. and 
the K. C. are two lodges you won't talk 
about and live. I said, "Well, they both 
say they are protecting the church and I 
am just telling you what you will have to 
do and how you will have to live to be a 
member of God's church." I said to 
them, "the K. K. don't know what man- 
ner of Spirit they are possessed with." 
Read Luke 9:52-56. Here is the way, 
"And it came to pass when the time was 
come that he should be received up he 
steadfastly set his face to go to Jeru- 
salem and sent messengers before his face 
and they went and entered into a village 
of the Samaritans to make ready for him 



and they did not receive him because His 
face was as though he would go to Jeru- 
salem. And when His disciples James 
and John saw this they said, 'Lord wilt 
thou that we command fire to come down 
from Heaven and consume them, even as 
Elias did?' but he turned and rebuked 
them and said, 'Ye know not what man- 
ner of Spirit ye are of, for the Son of 
Man is not come to destroy men's lives 
but to save them,' and they went to an- 
other village." I said now you see the 
Masons, K. K., K. C. and some of the 
other lodges that will kill men are not 
of Christ Jesus. Christ don't need the 
Devil to protect the church if the preacher 
will live holy and preach in the power 
of the Spirit, that will make men do 
right and stop brother from killing 
brother. Nothing else will do that, but 
men who are led by the Holy Ghost. If 
a man has the Spirit of God he is God's 
son and the Holy Spirit will lead him. 
Romans 8:14. None are the sons of 
God but those that are led by the Spirit 
of God. I said to them, "My brethren 
and sisters, I don't mean to do you any 
harm. I am reading this Bible, it is not 
my word, it's God's Word and he's a 
God that changeth not. T am the Lord, 
I change not.' Mai. 3 :6." I said to them, 
"A Christian means be Christ-like. A 
Christian is one. who has made a solemn 
covenant with God that he will fight man- 
fully under Christ's banner against sin, 
the world and the Devil and that he will 
continue to be Christ's faithful soldier 
and servant to the end of his life ; Christ- 
accepted discipleship of service rendered 
rather than that of satisfying our cur- 
iosity, or of being in comfortable assur- 
ance of easy familiarity with God. Any 
one who reads the Word with a desire 
of knowing what he ought to do will or 
must acknowledge that the Lord Jesus 
Christ expected obedience from his dis- 
ciples and such obedience must be done 
in service and self-sacrifice." I said, 
"The hardest old man you ever tried to 
kill is self. Luke 9:23. 'And said to all, 
if any man will follow after me let him 
deny himself and take up his cross and 
follow me.' This does not mean the old 
rigid cross of wood that our Lord Jesus 
bore upon Calvary, but what we will have 
to bear from the persecutor, from those 
who don't understand us when we take a 



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stand for Jesus ; from foes without and 
within for taking a stand for righteous- 
ness and holiness. If Christ is not in us 
we have no hope for glory. Col. 1 :27. 

The government of this country will 
soon see that this heathenism that is 
spreading itself in the Congress and in 
the wSenate will soon throw Christian 
America in another war." I said, "My 
brother and sister, let me persuade you 
to put down your ideas of how you serve 
God and take his word." I said, "Now 
how many Christians are in the house?" 
Oh! so many hands went up. I said, 
"How many believe the Bible is right?" 
All hands went up. I said, "Now it 
don't make any difference what church 
you belong to, if we don't obey this Word 
we may just as well check our baggage 
for hell, not purgatory, but hell. Jesus 
Christ called it hell, so I cannot change 
it. 'J esus Christ, the same yesterday and 
today and forever.' Heb. 13:8. Titus 1:2 
Tn hope of eternal life which God that 
cannot lie promised before the founda- 
tion of the world began' and all that be- 
lieve God can lie hold up your hand." 
Not a hand went up. Then we read 2 
Cor. 6:14-18. I said, "Who believe that 
you can stay with unbelievers and be the 
sons and daughters of our heavenly 
Father." We read the 18th verse. "Then 
the people said with one accord, 'we just 
have not been taught these things. We 
have seen them and heard them read, but 
we did not know it was in the Bible.' ' 
I said, "The truth is I did not know any 
better than you till I met sister S. E. 
Bailey in one of her Bible Bands and she 
put me in touch with Miss Joanna P. 
Moore, leader of the Sunshine Home in 
Nashville, Tenn." Then we all wept in 
tears to see how long we lived in sin. 
We read Titus 2 :3 "For we ourselves 
were some time foolish, disobedient, de- 
ceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, 
living in malice and envy. Hateful and 
hating one another.." Verses 4-8 say, 
"but after the kindness and love of God 
our Saviour toward men appeared, not 
I by works of righteousness which we have 
j done, but according to His mercy He 
I saved us by the washing of regeneration 
and renewing of the Holy Ghost which 
he shed on us abundantly through Jesus 
Christ our Saviour; that being justified 
by his grace we should be made heirs ac- 



cording to the hope of eternal life. This 
is a faithful saying and these things I 
will that thou affirm constantly they 
which have believed in God might be 
careful to maintain good works. These 
things are good and profitable unto men." 
All said, "Amen" and quit fighting me. 
I said, "If we are not saved from all 
these things we just read we are still 
lost. If we are not saved from sin, we 
are lost in' sin, the very name 'Jesus' 
means to save his people from their sins. 
Matt. 1:21. I mean we black folks, Cath- 
olics, Jews and Gentiles and all the idolat- 
ing worship in this country need to get 
saved from sin." All agreed with me. 
Many were saved in the meeting, some 
gave up their lodge. Two women, who 
belong to their lodge heard my lecture 
and after I left they read the tracts I 
gave them and then went and asked their 
pastor to pray for them that they might 
be willing to come out. He said, "Come 
out of it." They said, "We are still in 
the lodge, but we don't go to the hall." 
He said, "Why, I did not know I had 
a member in this church in the lodges till 
Sister Robinson awaked you out of 
sleep." They said, "We will give it up 
today after he told what a sin to be yoked 
up with sinners." Well, I thank God 
for saving so many from sin and the 
lodges. God be with the N. C. A. I 
thank you for the many prayers that you 
have sent for my health to be restored 
again. The Lord has healed me for nine- 
teen years. Bless the Lord for all his 
goodness to me. 

Lizzie Robinson. 



Man himself is moulded by trifles. In 
his life there are few big things. The big 
things are but the aggregation of trifles, 
the flitting second, the little thought, the 
little deed, the trifling sacrifice. 



God knows an honest heart when He 
sees it. 



May we say that humility is such a 
timid bird that as soon as we become 
aware of her presence she flies away? 



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December, 1923 



"A LAYMAN'S SERMON TO THE 
PREACHERS" 

By Edmond L. Brown. 

This is a sermon delivered by invitation be- 
fore the Ministers Association of Youngstown, 
Ohio. Subsequently by the Association's re- 
quest, it was published in the two local papers, 
The Telegram and The Vindicator, and by re- 
quest of the Rev. Wilbur E. Hammaker, D. D., 
LL. D., it was also published in The Christian 
Work and The Christian Advocate, both of 
New York City. We feel it is a timely article 
for our readers and trust it will be helpful in 
the Cause. — (Editor.) 

"Sirs, We Would See Jesus" 

I want first to confess that it involves 
some embarrassment for me, a church 
layman, to presume to be able to con- 
tribute anything helpful to a body of men 
who have devoted their lives to the 
preaching of the Gospel ; but I believe 
you have invited me to speak, without 
fear of giving offense, the convictions of 
my heart. 

I come here today to emphasize these 
words of Jesus. "And .1 will pray the 
Father and He shall give you another 
comforter, that he may be with you for- 
ever ; even the spirit of truth, whom the 
world cannot receive because it beholdeth 
Him not, neither knoweth Him. Ye know 
Him, for He abideth with you, and is in 
you." 

Could there be a more definite line of 
demarcation drawn between the church 
and the world? These are the words of 
the very Christ of God himself, and I 
cannot understand why you preachers do 
not more earnestly exhort us laymen to 
enter into the experience of this fellow- 
ship. To press this question is my mo- 
tive this morning. Why do you not ex- 
hort us to enter into this fellowship? 

In an address delivered before the 
Philosophical Union of the University of 
California, by Prof. John Wright Buck- 
ham, he said, "The deeper thought of our 
time is turning away from religion as 
dogma, as theory, as ethics, to religion as 
experience." The philosophy or theory 
of Christianity is only intellectual and 
without experience we may be intellectu- 
ally alive, but spiritually dead. 

Prof. Buckham says, "Too long have 
ideas and doctrines of God been substi- 
tuted for God, himself. Plence, have 
arisen skepticism", revolt, agnosticism, 
atheism, all of which have been rejection 



of ideas, (of interpretation) of God, 
rather than of God, Himself." 

I wish to state my conviction that the 
world will not believe and receive the 
Gospel of Jesus until the church is more 
serious and more fully believes and dem- 
onstrates that Gospel in life, and that if 
in these United States the government 
treasury should be open to the churches 
and there should be handed over to the 
churches all the hospitals and all the edu- 
cational institutions with their endow- 
ments, it would still be impossible for the 
church to win this nation for the King- 
dom of God in our present spiritual con- 
dition. I believe in preaching. Christ 
declared it His way for the conversion of 
the world, for, as Paul reasoned, "how 
can they believe without they hear and 
how shall they hear without a preacher ?" 
What an overwhelming responsibility 
rests upon you men. 

You preachers hold in your hands the 
initiative for the conversion of the world 
but I believe that the present spiritual 
condition of the church is just about what 
is demanded by most of the preaching of 
this generation. 

For fear you may think